A Charoset-inspired sweet relish

August 25, 2010

Author Notes: For 8 years I celebrated wonderful Jewish holidays as a guest with several orthodox families in town. Two of my favorite times included Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Tu B'Shevat, the birthday of the tree when the sap first begins to run in the new year. I also enjoyed learning from them about charoset, symbolic with the Passover seder and typically including grated apple, spices, and honey, but can include pomegranates and figs instead. Inspired by less traditional combinations, I am offering a fresh relish on the sweet side. Sagegreen

Serves: 4


  • 1 cup fresh black mission figs, cut into sixteenths
  • 1/4 cup pinion pine nuts (or toasted chopped almonds)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chestnuts, roasted and peeled, fresh or packaged
  • 1/4 cup diced pluots, 1/2 inch big pieces
  • 1 tablespoon yellow raisins
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • grated zest of an orange
  • dash fresh milled nutmeg
  • acacia honey to bind
  • splash of brandy or wine white, optional
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
In This Recipe


  1. Assemble the ingredients up to the honey. Add the orange juice and optional brandy. Then add just enough honey to bind. Chill and serve.

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