These are purple eggs!

Whether you call them red-beet eggs or pickled eggs, I think you can agree that they are indisputably purple eggs!


See? Purple. Photos were graciously provided by my “unofficial Only in York County staff photographer,” Jo, who sent them to me with a note: “The real McCoy! No red food coloring. No Photoshop ‘adjustments.’ And they are surrounded by York County red beets and some will be lunch today.”


Jo, hope you enjoyed your lunch! Jo, by the way, is in the minority in our egg poll… she says these are definitely pickled eggs. Unfortunately, of the 27 votes cast, 70 percent opted to call them red-beet eggs instead. (And my father-in-law, who clearly does not know his York County eggs, called them deviled eggs. My goodness.)

More on the great egg debate to come, including recipes! Do you have a recipe for either deviled or pickled/red beet eggs? Comment please! Otherwise you are stuck with whatever I turn up!

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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4 Responses to These are purple eggs!

  1. Mike says:

    I like red beet egg sandwiches. Sliced red beet egg on white bread with lettuce, tomato, and mayonaisse. (sometimes with bacon) yum! yum!
    I also like them in a fresh salad.

  2. S. Mock says:

    I am a pickled beat eater. I am not from York but grew up in Md (close enough). I remember taking pickled beats in my lunch as an elementary school kid. Talk about getting made fun of! I didn’t care. They were good!! I remember the day that I took Pickled beats and Kiwi fruit ( in separate baggies) in my lunch. I think several kids wanted to throw up. I have been a foodie for a LONG TIME!
    I grow beets in my garden specifically for this recipe.
    6-8 Red Beets – steamed ~ save the liquid
    1 c. sugar
    1½ t. all spice ~ whole
    ½ t. salt
    1½ C. vinegar
    1 c. Liquid from the steamed beats.
    2 cinnamon sticks
    1. Cut off the tops and peel the beets.
    2. Combine the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
    3. Slice the beets and pour the liquid over the beets. Let rest in the refrigerator overnight.
    Hard boiled eggs can be added too.
    Enjoy! I know I do.

  3. Jo says:

    That’s an awful lot of sugar put into a vegetable that has it’s own natural sugar. This recipe is more like a Harvard Beet recipe which calls for a lot of sweetness. Too sweet for my tastes.
    Why peel the beets before cooking? They’re so much easier to peel after cooking.

  4. ashley watson says:

    hahaha…. i have NEVER seen or HEARD of these purple eggs….i live in southern missouri….im only 23 so i havent had too much time in the kitchen….anyways there super cute! could i dye eggs to look like that maybe a deviled egg colored for easter??? sorry if i offend anyone with wanting to just “color” them……thanks!

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