29 Mar '13, 8pm

Color Your Easter Eggs with Beets & Berries

Martha Stewart, ever the model of elegant efficiency, is ahead of the rest of us when it comes to Easter eggs; all she has to do is head out to her Palais de Poulet and collect the perfectly pastel blue-green eggs her fancy Araucana chickens lay. For those of us who don’t own exotic hens, there’s always the classic PAAS egg dying kit, on which Americans have relied to color our Easter eggs for more than a century. A New Jersey drugstore owner named William Townley first marketed the dye tablets in five sunny shades back in 1880; he derived the name “PAAS” from “Passen,” the name his Pennsylvania Dutch neighbors had for Easter. But the history of egg-dying pre-dates William Townley’s tablets by a few thousand years or so, according to the PAAS website, which claims that Persians exchanged red-dyed eggs to celebrate the arrival of spring as far back as 3000 B.C. The first Ch...

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