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Easter Eggs Naturally Dyed with Onion Skins

How to dye eggs with onion skins, flowers and herbs.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine European
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Author Florentina


  • 1 dozen organic eggs
  • 3 c yellow onion skins mixed with red skins (packed)
  • 1 red beet -sliced (optional)
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 2 qt water
  • 1 c herbs for decoration
  • 1 nylon stocking


  • Cut the nylon stocking into 5 inch squares.
    Stick a couple of leaves or flowers on each egg with a drop of water, then wrap it gently in the nylon stocking and tie it at each end.
  • Add the the onion skins (+ beets if using) and the vinegar to a big pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the eggs to the boiling water one by one and boil for 8 to 10 minutes to your liking.
  • Allow to cool completely.
    At this point you can remove the eggs from the hot water or you may refrigerate them in the liquid overnight for a  deeper color.
  • Once cool enough to handle transfer each egg to a plate and cut the stocking with a pair of scissors . Discard the herbs and pat them dry with a paper towel. For extra shine you may rub them with a little olive or coconut oil.


For the marbled eggs design, wrap each egg in a few yellow onion skins, then wrap tightly in a nylon stalking. Boil in yellow onion dye following the above instructions, only just using yellow onion skins.