Each item on a seder plate means something different as the items are all a symbol of one or more aspects of the Israelites emancipation from the slavery of ancient Egypt. The egg represents new life, spring, the cycle of birth and death. The bitter herbs, usually raw horseradish, represents the bitterness of slavery, while green veggies like parsley dipped in salt water represents the tears spent as slaves. Of course, Matzah represents the unleavened bread the Israelites had to leave with as they fled the Nile banks. Charoset, a particularly tasty concoction of nuts, apples, wine and honey which is usually eaten on matzah or as a sandwich with the bitter herbs, represents mortar, like the kind the ancient Jews worked with to construct Egyptian buildings. The name charoset comes from the Hebrew word cheres, or clay.
This year, the Passover seder falls on April 20, lovingly known the cannabis-world over as 420. Although this is purely coincidence, it creates the perfect opportunity to reflect on the parallels between the Passover story and the War on Drugs.
Much as freedom and rebirth permeate the Haggadah (the official story of and guide to the seder), the cannabis industry also seeks deliverance and ultimately self-determination. The War on Drugs has been a decidedly destructive force in our lifetime, one that cares little for minorities or the less fortunate among us, and has caused untold damage and devastation to entire generations. Slavery is so horrid, Jews of today are still commemorating their emancipation thousands of years later… it shows you how long the damage can stay when concentrated efforts are made to hurt and target an entire population.
As the seder is on such an auspicious ganja date this year, it makes sense to marry two traditions together: charoset, and infusing foods with THC. Charoset is a symbol of the substance used to create building blocks, the most base material used to hold it all together. In many respects, marijuana helps countless users keep their building blocks together; cannabis as medication, a substance that keeps your sh*t together. So the coupling of the two only makes sense.
Luckily for everyone, celeb cannabis cook Jeff Danzer — otherwise known as Jeff The 420 Chef — has created an exclusive infused-charoset recipe for Cannabis Now.
“Charoset is one of my favorite Passover seder dishes and one with a lot of meaning,” Jeff tells said. “Charoset is meant to symbolize the mortar the Jews used while slaves in Egypt and just as that mortar has held bricks in place for millennium, cannabis has brought people together in peace and harmony since the beginning of time.”
So what type of strains should be used for a recipe that is so, for lack of a better word, heavy?
“You’ll want to make sure your canna-oil is from a good uplifting strain of cannabis such as Super Lemon Haze or Jack Herer. Seders can be truly uplifting experiences… especially when you add a little cannabis to the mix!”
Jeff The 420 Chef’s Passover Canna-Charoset
Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
Approximate THC*: 2mg THC per serving
* If following Jeff The 420 Chef’s light tasting canna-oil recipe made with cannabis that tests at 23% THC
3 apples (cored and cut into chunks)
1/2 cup pecans
1:4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup dried apricots (chopped)
1/4 cup medjool dates (chopped)
1 ½ Tablespoons light tasting canna-oil
½ cup Concord grape or sweet red wine
- Place pecans, walnuts and almonds in food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Set aside.
- Place apples, dates, apricots and canna-oil in food processor. Pulse until the consistency is similar to chutney. Leave in food processor.
- Add ground nut mixture, wine and cinnamon and pulse until consistency is similar to a chunky cement.
- Serve at the appropriate time during your Seder…. or just enjoy on a crisp piece of matzoh with lettuce and horseradish!
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