The Traditional Foods of Passover

The Passover Seder is one of the most holy meals in the Jewish religion. Learn why certain foods are required and others are forbidden.

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The Traditional Foods of Passover

Seder Plate
Here is an example of a traditional plate used only on Passover. From the bone at the top and counter-clockwise we explain the traditional foods.

1. Z'roa: A lamb shank represents a symbolic offering to the temple.
2. Beitzah: The egg is a symbol of rebirth.
3 Maror: Bitter herbs such as horseradish signify the bitterness of enslavement.
4 Karpas: A non-bitter vegetable, here parsley, is dipped in salted water to symbolize tears.
5. Haroset: A mixture of apple, nuts and wine that represents the mortar and bricks used by the enslaved Jews.
6. Hazeret: Another bitter herb, such as romaine lettuce. Some do not use a second bitter herb.
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Wine
Four glasses of kosher red wine are required at the Passover Seder, each symbolizing one of the four promises made by God. Some people substitute grape juice for the wine.


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No Grains That Ferment
The five that are excluded are wheat, rye, oats, barley and spelt. Any food that is made from these fermenting grains also cannot be included. Matzo, a flat wheat bread, is watched from grinding to finished product so that no fermentation takes place. These restricted foods are called hametz.


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Matzo
As legend goes, the Jews did not have time to wait for the bread to leaven when fleeing Egypt hence they only consumed Matzo, which is a special unleavened bread. During Passover it is eaten as a flat, cracker-like bread or used in dishes as breadcrumbs and in the traditional matzo-ball soup.

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