There are a number of foods eaten during the ritual Seder family meal partaken on the first two nights of Passover and we've identified seven key traditional foods. Family customs may vary the items served at the Seder, but the following food items traditionally appear on the Seder plate:
- Matzoh: Three unleavened are placed within the folds of a napkin as a reminder of the haste with which the Israelites fled Egypt, leaving no time for dough to rise. Two are consumed during the service, and one (the Aftkomen), is spirited away and hidden during the ceremony to be later found as a prize.
- Maror: bitter herbs, usually horseradish or romaine lettuce, used to symbolize the bitterness of slavery.
- Charoses: a mixture of , , , and cinnamon, as a reminder of the mortar used by the Jews in the construction of buildings as slaves
- Beitzah: a roasted egg, as a symbol of life and the perpetuation of existence.
- Karpas: a vegetable, preferably parsley or celery, representing hope and redemption; served with a bowl of salted water to represent the tears shed.
- Zeroah: traditionally a piece of roasted lamb shankbone, symbolizing the paschal sacrificial offering
- Wine: four glasses of wine are consumed during the service to represent the four-fold promise of redemption, with a special glass left for Elijah the prophet.
Further Passover References:
• Passover Recipes
|•||Jewish Cooking in America|
|•||The New York Times Passover Cookbook|
|•||The Complete Passover Cookbook|
|•||A Taste of Pesach: Trusted Favorites, Simple Preparation, Magnificent Results|