16.03.2011 10.Adar ll, 5771
The column that brings you food festivals from around the world; Purim is more than just Hamentaschen, learn to bake other goodies to celebrate this festive holiday.
Everyone knows that food plays an integral role in the Purim celebrations. Although there are certain dishes that are eaten by many Jews around the world, other popular Purim foods can vary widely based on the cultural background of the celebrants. Nevertheless, despite the differences, the underlying symbolism of many of these dishes remains the same.
Probably the most well-known food associated with Purim are Hamentaschen, Haman’s pocket/ear/hat shaped cookies that are often filled with poppy seeds, nuts, fruits or chocolate. Amongst Sephardic Jews, however, deep-fried strips of dough called “Orejas de Haman” (Haman’s ears) are often the primary Purim treats, while with some Western European and Scandinavian Jews, it is traditional to bake and eat gingerbread men in the shape of Haman. As we can see, despite the differences in the anatomical details, there is definitely a pattern of “eat and erase the villain” behavior in Purim foods around the world!…