Passover is steeped in tradition. Many of these traditions involve symbolic foods that tell the story of the Israelites and their miraculous exodus from Egyptian slavery.
One such food is charoset (also spelled haroset), which symbolizes the mortar the Israelites used to build bricks when they were slaves in Egypt. Charoset is a fruit relish used on small sandwiches made with matzoh and bitter herbs. The sweet and sour taste is believed to teach the bitterness of bondage and the sweetness of freedom.
Passover celebrants can make their own charoset by following this recipe, courtesy of Israel My Glory magazine.
- 1 large apple, any variety
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- A small amount of lemon juice (optional)
The easiest method is to put the apples and walnuts in a food processor and pulse until finely diced. Sprinkle enough lemon juice over the mixture to prevent the apples from browning. Then add the other ingredients. Some people also mix in a little grape juice or wine. The recipe is very forgiving, so the measurements don’t have to be exact.