Charosis, haroset, or charoses (Hebrew: חֲרֽוֹסֶת [ḥărōset]) is a sweet, dark-colored paste made of fruits and nuts eaten at the Passover Seder. Its color and texture are meant to recall mortar (or mud used to make adobe bricks) which the Israelites used when they were enslaved in Ancient Egypt as mentioned in Tractate Pesahim (page 116a) of the Talmud. The word “charoset” comes from the Hebrew word cheres — חרס — “clay.”
Charoset is one of the symbolic foods on the Passover Seder Plate. After reciting the blessings, and eating a matzah “Hillel sandwich” combining charoset and maror, the remainder is often eaten plain, spread on matzah.
2 tart apples
1/2 c. walnuts
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. honey
1 tbsp. Passover wine
Pare and core apples. Chop apples and nuts together finely. Add cinnamon, honey and wine. Makes about 2 cups. Adjust amount to taste. Serve on matzo crackers.
*Fun tip-bring to the table in a Martini Glass-makes for a fun presentation
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