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Taste Test: 22 Nut-Free Charoset Recipes

Flavors from Around the World

Have you tried avocadoes, bananas, ginger, chocolate or cayenne pepper in charoset? How well does traditional apples-nuts-wine charoset stand up to her cousins? Have an international Jewish taste test and discover your favorites!

For each recipe, chop the ingredients, stir to blend, and experience new charoset flavors from Jewish traditions around the world.

In alphabetical order:

  1. American Fusion

    •  Dried cranberries
    •  Dried cherries
    •  Honey
    •  Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
    •  Cinnamon
    •  Ginger
    •  Curry
     
  2. Ashkenazi

    •  3 red apples
    •  ¼ cup grape juice
    •  ½ cup honey
    •  1 cup raisins
    •  Cinnamon
     
  3. Brazilian

    •  Avocado
    •  Banana
    •  Orange
    •  Granny Smith apple
     
  4. Bubbe’s Special

    •  1 Granny Smith green apple
    •  A blend of white and red raisins
    •  2 teaspoons cinnamon
    •  2 teaspoons sugar
    •  Grape juice to moisten
     
  5. California 1

    •  Banana
    •  Dried apricots
    •  Mango
    •  Dried apples
    •  Banana chips
    •  Cinnamon
    •  White grape juice to moisten
     
  6. California 2

    •  1 large avocado, peeled
    •  Juice of ½ lemon
    •  Golden raisins
    •  Pitted dates
    •  Pitted prunes
    •  Dried figs
    •  Grated peel of one orange
    •  Orange juice
     
  7. Chocolate

    •  Chocolate chips
    •  Apples
    •  Honey
    •  White grape juice
     
  8. Cranberry

    •  Apples
    •  Cranberries
    •  Raisins
    •  Cinnamon
     
  9. Greek

    •  1 orange, peeled and seeded
    •  ½ cup raisins
    •  ½ cup pitted dates
    •  Cherry preserves
    •  Dark grape juice
    •  Ground ginger
    •  Cayenne pepper
    •  Sugar
    •  1 tablespoon dark grape juice
     
  10. Iraqi

    •  Honey
    •  Figs
    •  Dates
    •  Raisins
    •  Currants
    •  Dark grape juice
     
  11. Israeli

    •  2 red apples
    •  2 oranges
    •  ½ cup pitted dates
    •  ¼ cup white grape juice
    •  Cinnamon
     
  12. Italian

    •  1 apple, cored and cut into pieces
    •  3 sliced bananas
    •  10-pitted dates
    •  Juice and grated rind of ½ lemon
    •  Juice and grated rind of ½ orange
    •  Dark grape juice
    •  1 teaspoon cinnamon
    •  Sugar or honey
    •  Matzah meal to hold it together
     
  13. Mexican

    •  1 pear, peeled
    •  3 apples, peeled
    •  3 bananas, mashed
    •  2 cups pitted dates (about 1 lb)
    •  2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    •  1 cup dark grape juice
     
  14. Moroccan

    •  Figs
    •  Dates
    •  Raisins
    •  Other dried fruit, like currants
    •  Grape juice
     
  15. Persian

    •  1 pear, peeled
    •  1 apple, peeled
    •  Pitted dates
    •  Raisins
    •  Cinnamon
    •  Ginger root, grated
    •  Apple cider vinegar
    •  Dark grape juice
     
  16. Sephardic

    •  Apples
    •  Pitted Dates
    •  Raisins
    •  Other dried fruit, like currants
    •  Grape juice
    •  Honey (optional)
     
  17. Traditional

    •  3 red apples
    •  ¼ cup grape juice
    •  ½ cup honey
    •  1 cup raisins
    •  Cinnamon
     
  18. Turkish

    •  Pitted dates
    •  Dried apricots
    •  Dried figs
    •  Ginger
    •  Coriander
    •  Cinnamon
    •  Dark grape juice
     
  19. Venetian

    •  Matzah meal
    •  1 apple, peeled  
    •  3 sliced bananas
    •  10 pitted dates
    •  Juice and grated rind of ½ lemon
    •  Juice and well-grated rind of ½ orange
    •  3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
    •  Dark grape juice
    •  1 teaspoon cinnamon
    •  Sugar or honey
     
  20. Wolfgang Puck's

    •  6 Granny Smith apples
    •  1 lemon, juiced
    •  1 cup golden raisins
    •  Honey to taste
    •  Cinnamon to taste
    •  Dark grape juice to moisten
     
  21. Yemenite 1

    •  Pitted dates
    •  Dried figs
    •  Dried apricots
    •  White or black raisins
    •  Macintosh apples
    •  Dark grape juice
    •  Ground cinnamon
     
  22. Yemenite 2

    •  Chopped dates
    •  Chopped green apple
    •  Matzah meal
    •  Sesame seeds
    •  Ground ginger powder
    •  Cinnamon
    •  Cayenne pepper