Alt Text: A tray of hamantaschen in tan and red being sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Purim is the Jewish holiday celebrating the salvation of the Jews in ancient Persia by Esther, as told in the Book of Esther. It’s a day filled with parties, costumes, drinking, and, of course, lots of food! A big tradition associated with the holiday is giving mishloach manot, or food gifts, to friends and family.
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Making a Purim gift basket for a friend? Here’s what you might want to put in it.
Hamantaschen, Yiddish for “Haman’s pockets,” are named after Haman, the evil advisor of the king who nearly persuaded him to kill the Jews of Persia. These fried and filled cookies are triangular, although the exact reasoning for this has been lost to time. Some suggest it emulates Haman’s three-pointed hat, while others think it represents the villain’s pockets.
Traditional hamantaschen are filled with fruit or poppy seeds and may be dipped in honey.
Kreplach are another traditional Purim food. These are soup dumplings filled with beef, chicken, or occasionally cheese. They’re also triangular and can be served either in the soup itself – usually chicken soup – or as their own dish.
According to the story, Esther was forced to go vegetarian during her time in the palace to remain on a kosher diet. So, of course, a Purim gift basket is also a kosher gift basket, usually without any meat.
Common staples for these baskets include nuts, dried fruits, cookies, pastries, candies, and alcohol. The more food, the merrier!
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