Volume 95 Issue 15 | p. 27
Issue Date: April 10, 2017

Periodic graphics: Dyeing Easter eggs

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explains the chemistry behind the tradition
By Andy Brunning
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: food ingredients, Easter eggs, dyeing

To download a pdf of this article, visit cenm.ag/eastereggs.

References used to create this graphic:

The Science Behind a Perfectly Dyed Easter Egg

To see more of Brunning’s work, go to compoundchem.com. To see all of C&EN’s Periodic Graphics, visit cenm.ag/periodicgraphics.

This article has been translated into Spanish by Divulgame.org and can be found here.

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Alicja Koprianiuk (Fri Apr 14 19:47:40 EDT 2017)
We use onion skin to colour the eggs deep brown. This is popular in Eastern Europe.
J Unikowski (Fri Apr 28 07:33:16 EDT 2017)
That's certainly true. Also carrot peelings & mint leaves are popularly used to dye the eggs orange & green, respectively.
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