Last Sunday I had Sunday brunch with two American friends, and we decided to try to dye our hard boiled eggs à l’américaine. (J swears the French paint their eggs too but I asked him how many times in his life he’d done that, and he said three times. So I think it’s fair to say it’s not a set in stone tradition.)
It was a very enlightening experience. Eggs are laid with a cuticle layer on them that apparently has protective qualities. In the States, this layer is washed off according to FDA regulations to prevent salmonella. In Europe, it can’t be washed off according to EU regulations, to prevent salmonella. Or something like that. In any case, even knowing this, it didn’t occur to me that the cuticle was actually visible and easy to wash off.
So, a very educational Easter.