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Syrian Date and Apricot Pesach Charoset

Kosher for Passover
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Seder, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Syrian
Keyword: almonds, apricots, charoset, dates, kosher, kosher for passover, passover, pesach, pistachios, rose water, seder, syrian
Servings: 12 people
Author: The Elegant Economist


  • 1/4 cup dried Turkish apricots I use the unsulphured variety
  • 2 tsp Jasmine tea leaves or 1 tea bag
  • 1/4 cup Medjool dates pitted
  • 3 Tbsp chopped pistachios raw, unsalted shelled
  • 3 Tbsp chopped almonds blanched (peeled)
  • 1/2 tsp rose water
  • 1/2 tsp fresh orange zest
  • 1 tsp crushed dried rose petals


  • Take your apricots and place in a small bowl or ramekin. Add the jasmine tea (in either bag or a diffuser), and pour boiling water over to cover. Let sit for two minutes and remove the tea bag. Steep in the solution until the apricots are rehydrated - about ten minutes.
  • Finely chop your dates and rehydrated apricots until they are almost a paste. Add in your chopped nuts, rose water, orange zest, and rose petals. Mix thoroughly to combine.
  • Top with more finely chopped pistachios if desired, and serve.


While you can certainly rehydrate the apricots with boiling water alone, the jasmine tea lends a distinct flavour to the charoset.