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Saturday, May 25, 2024

ECHO EATS: Charoset (Apple Relish)

Charoset goes well with matzoh crackers. Photo By C. Tamulonis, 04/202

Charoset is traditionally eaten during Passover Seder. A mixture of apples, honey, cinnamon and other sweet ingredients, it is meant to represent the mortar that the Israelites used when they were enslaved in Ancient Egypt. You don’t have to celebrate Passover to enjoy this delicious dish!



3 apples, peeled, cored and diced (Fiji or other hard apples do well, the firmer the better)

½ cup of sweet red wine (or alcohol-free wine or grape juice)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ginger

1 cup toasted walnuts (or pecans)

½ cup honey

Dash of lemon juice

Chopping the apples small is key to the dish. You can even shred them for a thicker paste. Photo by: C.Tamulonis, 04/2024.


  • Peel, core, and dice your apples small and put in a large bowl. Mix with a dash of lemon juice (to help keep them from browning).
  • Toast your walnuts in a large pan (no oil) over medium heat or use a toaster oven for just a few minutes.
  • Chop your walnuts and add them to the bowl along with the rest of the wet ingredients and cinnamon.
  • Mix well, until everything is sticking well together.
  • Refrigerate an hour before serving.

Noshing Notes: You can change out this recipe by using cognac for a deeper flavor, adding other dried fruit or raisins, and adding other spices that make your palette happy. Go sweeter, or more spicy.

Suggested Sides: Spread on matzah or add to ice cream or yogurt.

Waste Not Want Not: Store in an airtight container (if there is any left) for 3 – 5 days. Bury inedible leftovers in cold compost. 

Cybele Tamulonis
Cybele Tamulonis, Contributing Writer

Cybele is a writer and editor with more than 16 years in the publishing industry. An avid reader, you can usually find her with the latest new book release from the local library. She currently resides on a farm in Hardwick with her husband and four children. In her spare time, she writes historical fiction specific to New Jersey.