Orange Sephardic Charoset

Charoset is a traditional Passover treat, and this modern version made with whole oranges is a fun way to celebrate the holiday. This recipe is a Sephardic (Jews from Spain & Portugal) version.

Whole Orange Sephardic Charoset (Passover Dessert)


  • 1 medium orange well-rinsed
  • 1 lb pitted dates about 22-24
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp sweet red wine
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts toasted, finely chopped


  • Cut the orange into 6-8 rough pieces (do not peel) and place in a food processor fitted with the metal blade.
  • Add the dates. Process for about 15 seconds, or until a mushy paste forms but rough chunks of orange peel are still visible.
  • Place the paste in a small saucepan with the sugar, cinnamon, and wine. Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Watch carefully so it doesn't burn.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and stir in the chopped nuts. Serve with matzo.


Recipe from Tori Avey.
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