Like most Jewish festivals, food is a central part of Purim: One of the holiday’s four mitzvahs is to hold a festive meal, a Seudat Purim. Poppy seeds are a recurring theme in Purim recipes. Perhaps it's due to the legend that Queen Esther ate seeds during her time at the king’s palace. Or perhaps it's simply due to the popularity of the poppy seed hamantaschen, arguably the holiday's most iconic foods. Either way, these five recipes will ensure your Purim meal is festive.
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Sweet potato gnocchi with poppy seeds, sage butter, almonds and pecorino
Poppy seed tahini cookies
Poppy seed pear pie
Classic poppy seed filling takes many traditional additions, and you can choose your favorite: Think sliced or grated apples, raisins, chocolate, or candied orange peel. Recipe by Vered Guttman. Get the recipe here.
Shirazi salad with poppy seed
Bursting with flavor and crunch, this Shirazi salad is the Persian version of the Arab/Israeli chopped salad. This version includes pomegranate seeds and poppy seeds in the spirit of the holiday and Queen Esther. Recipe by Vered Guttman. Get the recipe here.