The Jewish Passover food tradition

28 Feb

Passover is a grand Jewish festival that is celebrated over seven to eight days where a host of rich traditional foods are cooked. Families celebrate the ritual of serving the Sedar family meal on the initial two nights of the festivities. Some of the traditional Passover food is Matzoh, Maror, Beitzah and Charoses. There is the ritual of placing three unleavened matzohs within a napkin that is said to represent the hurriedness with which Israelites left Egypt. The Seder service generally serves two matzohs. Maror is a traditional dish that is generally composed of herbs.  It is a bitter dish that contains horseradish or romaine lettuce. The bitterness of the dish is said to symbolize the harshness of slavery.

Charoses is a traditional Passover food that contains ingredients like apples, nuts, cinnamon and wine. Charoses is prepared as a paste that imitates the brick and mortar made by the toiling Jews for the Pharaoh. Beitzah is a roasted egg fish that represents life in all its beauty and the spirit of survival. A Passover vegetable dish is the Karpas and is generally made of parsley or celery. This vegetable dish is generally served with salted water in a basin. The dish Karpas signifies hope and salvation. Wine and Zeroah are some of the other traditional foods. Zeroah is a portion of roasted lamb shankbone. Four glasses of wine are consumed as a four-fold assurance of salvation. Some of popular soups served during the Passover festival are chicken soup and cream of carrots soup.

Stop in at  Shaul’s Kosher Market in Silver Spring MD for all of your Pesach Food needs!



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