When in Purim, eat like the Persians
Most traditional Ashkenazi Purim treats have something to do with Haman's body, but the Persian custom pays homage to Esther's own culinary habits.
While most of us simply eat hamantaschen for Purim, it’s quite astonishing to discover the many symbolic dishes and food-related traditions are associated with the Book of Esther: From eating Haman’s pocket, to eating his ear, and eating him as a whole (in the shape of a gingerbread man, and you have to take his head off in one bite), to the old Ashkenazi custom of eating dried tongue (to remember how Haman was...
Vered Guttman is a caterer and a food writer based in Washington DC. Growing up in Israel she took her first lessons in Jewish cooking sitting at the tables of her two grandmothers, one from Poland, the other from Iraq. In Modern Manna, Vered will share a mix of new Israeli trends and old Jewish traditions, sprinkled with a distinct Sephardic flavor. Follow Vered on Twitter @veredguttman