Dying at Easter: Dye, eggs and Ruby chocolate

As Easter approaches we remember the many palliative care practitioners and volunteers who will be active over the long weekend.

Dying at Easter takes on a different meaning for people in the Eastern Orthodox traditions who traditionally dye their Easter Eggs. Typically dyed red in colour, the dyed egg represents the themes of death and rebirth traditionally celebrated at Easter for centuries.

More recently, controversy and intrigue surrounds the announcements about Ruby Chocolate, the so-called 4th type of chocolate, in late 2017.

European makers Barry Callebaut claim that Ruby chocolate is ‘made from the Ruby cocoa bean and through a unique processing, unlocks the flavor and color tone naturally present in the Ruby bean. No berries or berry flavor is added. No color is added.’

Ruby chocolate has it’s cynics, some asking ‘it is really chocolate?‘ Although the product appears totally legit it will apparently be a while before we see Ruby Easter eggs (or other Ruby products) on our shores as the process and product is yet to be registered in Australia.

In the meantime if you do spot a Ruby Easter egg in your travels, please send us a pic (or a sample).

To all the palliative care practitioners working over the Easter period, thank you for all that you do.

I had seen birth and death and had thought they were different  TS Elliott

Pic: Ruby chocolate on display with cocoa beans at the unveiling in China. (Pic credit: Barry Callebaut)