To mark the beginning of Passover, we gather for a ritual feast and read the lengthy Hagaddah: the narrative of the Jews exodus from ancient Egypt. With our community of family and friends, we retell the story of the Israelites' liberation. We recite segments, make blessings, sample from the Seder plate, gulp endless glasses of wine, and cheerfully sing along.
As far as the Seder plate goes, charoset is without a doubt the highlighted and favored item by the hungry, restless guests gathered around the Passover dinner table. It's not surprising that the sweet, nutty paste would be the victor and win over its neighboring contenders: shank bone, bland hard boiled egg, bitter herbs, and celery sticks dipped in salt water. Each item carries individual significance and on account of charoset's gritty texture, it symbolizes the mortar used by the Jewish slaves to build the Egyptians' pyramids.