Photo by  Ann Cutting.

Photo by Ann Cutting.


Haroset is symbolic of the mortar used by the Israelites to build the pyramids and Its sweetness provides a contrast to the bitter herbs, usually horseradish. For some reason, Haroset is only eaten during Passover, yet it is a delicious spread worthy of frequent enjoyment.

Apple and Walnut Haroset


  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 cups grated apple
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Red or Kosher wine.


  • Chop the first five ingredients together or run through a food processor.
  • Add enough wine to combine into a paste.

Sephardic Haroset for Passover

This is my cousin Michael’s favorite of the two Haroset. I find them both delicious.

Makes about 3 cups


  • 1/2 lb. pitted dates
  • 1/2 box (15 oz. size) dark raisins 2 – 3 apples peeled
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • Red wine or Kosher wine to moisten


  • Grind all the fruits together along with the nuts.
  • Almonds can be substituted for walnuts.
  • Add enough wine to make into a paste.
  • Refrigerate until serving.
  • A whole orange, blended with the paste can be added if desired.


Serve both Haroset with Matzo or other neutral flat bread. The contrasting, bitter taste of ground horseradish is a memorable addition.