Sharing American culture through a unique Central PA food

Peace Corps has three main goals that support their mission to promote world peace and friendship. The second goal is “to promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served”. I had the great opportunity to share some Central PA food culture with some of my co-workers.

This came up from a conversation I recently had with my co-workers over lunch one day when they asked if Americans use as many red beets as Moldovans do. After thinking about it for a moment, it made me think of red beet eggs or as some call them pickled eggs. I tried to explain this type of food both in Romanian and English, in which they questioned me and gave me looks of confusion. Here in Moldova, it is common to pickle and preserve foods such as tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and watermelons, but they never heard of such a combination of red beets and hard boiled eggs.

 

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The result of my first time making pickled eggs ever.
I set out to gather the ingredients to make this Central PA specialty and within a few days, I had the final result to take into the office to share with my colleagues. They had never seen such a kind of food and were intrigued. During lunch, we gathered around the conference room table and they gave them a try.

 


It was a success! They liked them and even tried more than one and asked for the recipe. 🙂 It was a fun way to share a food I had grown up with and to spread some Peace Corps second goal love.

However, when I had asked some of my American friends here in Moldova who are from other parts of the US if they had heard of such a bright combination, in which they were confused and never tried them either. This made me realize how much of a Central PA food item it really was. From what I could find, it comes from the Pennsylvania Dutch or Amish parts in our state. I shared them with some these friends, and they too found them to be delicious. It looks like I’ll be making these again soon.

 

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Nathan trying pickled eggs and red beets for the first time. 
Peace Corps second goal success accomplished!

 

 

Included below are all three goals of the Peace Corps as we promote world peace and friendship: 

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
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