Try this Greek charoset recipe version for the Passover / Pesach Seder, one of many Greek charoset recipe versions, depending on the individual Greek-Jewish family charoset recipe and also on the availability of charoset ingredients where Greek-Jewish families have lived in Greece.

Greek charoset (also spelled: Greek charoses, Greek haroset, Greek charoseth, Greek haroseth, and Greek haroses) comes in many varieties based on the cultural origin of the Greek-Jewish family. For instance, Greek-Jews who are of Romaniote Greek origin, meaning they descend from Jews who came to Greece following the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 C.E. [the modern Hebrew/Jewish calendar date; 68 C.E. according to the Seder Olam Rabbah, a 2nd-century C.E. work by Rabbi Jose Ben Halafta, a student of Rabbi Akiva. The Seder Olam Rabbah ("Great Order of the World" in Hebrew) is the oldest record of Hebrew/Jewish chronology in Judaism and the chronology followed by Orthodox rabbis] - hence the term Romaniote - will have particular ingredients in their Greek charoset recipes while Greek-Jews who are of Sephardic origin, meaning they descend from Jews who came to Greece after being expelled from Spain and Portugal in 1492 and 1497 respectively, will have their own versions of a Greek charoset recipe. Further to these cultural groups, there are Greek-Jews of Ashkenazic descent, meaning Jews whose ancestors came from either Central and/or Eastern Europe and they will have their own versions of a Greek charoset recipe as well. Some of these Greek charoset recipes include various amounts of tropical fruits such as lemons, dates, and oranges, and there is one version that even tries to re-create the original event by including a bit a ground brick in their Greek charoset recipe! However, to save you from that Greek charoset recipe, the following is a general version of a Greek charoset recipe.

Greek Charoset Recipe (Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 15 minutes plus 1 hour chilling) (Makes 2 1/2 to 3 cups)

2 cups pitted dates, cut in half
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped pine nuts
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup sweet Passover wine

Instructions for the Greek Charoset recipe:

  1. Blend dates and raisins in bowl of food processor until very finely minced.
  2. Transfer to large bowl and add walnuts, pine nuts, ginger and wine and mix well.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 1 hour.

Nutrition Information Per Tablespoon: Calories: 44; Sodium: 1 milligram; Cholesterol: 0; Fat: 2 grams; Carbohydrates: 7 grams; Protein: 1 gram; Fiber: 0.28 grams.

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