Charoset is a sweet relish with symbolic signifcance in the Jewish faith and is typically served once a year during Passover Seder.
What is Charoset?
It’s an uncooked delicious paste-like mixture made of fruit, nuts and spices with honey or wine to bind it together, although recipes do vary depending on the family tradition and region.
Charoset as a Symbolic Food
Charoset is one of the symbolic foods served on the Passover Seder Plate. The paste symbolises the mortar that the Jews used when building the Eyptian Pharohs’ buildings as slaves in ancient Egypt.
On the eve of the first day of Passover each spring Jews around the world partake in a feast known as the Seder. The Seder plate contains six symbolic foods. The charoset is usually eaten between two pieces of matzo bread.
Here’s how to set the Passover Seder Plate:
How to Make Charoset
To make charoset at home is incredibly easy. Our apple nut charoset recipe uses a simple list of ingredients that most households will find in the pantry and fruit bowl as follows:
- Fresh lemons
- Golden raisins
- Ground cinnamon
- Kosher sweet red wine
Once the apples are chopped and the lemons juiced, it’s simply a case of mixing the ingredients all together and storing them in an airtight container and refrigerating until use.
See the full apple nut charoset recipe here
How to make Nut Free Charoset
Traditional recipes for Charoset contain lots of nuts, but you can also go nut free. Some families suggest it’s enough to simply remove the nuts from a traditional recipe, while others have come up with nut free charoset recipes.
Try this nut free recipe with 5 simple ingredients: pitted dates, dried cherries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and juice from 1 large orange
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