A new question: Why is there citrus on that seder plate?

The Pesach seder is a time for questions. This year we had a new one.

Jordan, his grandma Helen, and Matthew at the Pesach table. Photo credit: Merry. And that’s my mom’s seder plate.

The traditional plate would have a shankbone, symbolic of the lamb sacrificed for the ancient observance, and of the blood placed on the Hebrews’ doorposts so that the Malakh haMavet would know which houses to pass over, as we awaited our exodus.

But what is a non-meat-eater to do? Many have suggested a beet. However, this being Ladera Frutal, we had other ideas. So this year’s seder plate had a representative of the season’s new crop of blood oranges.

From our table to yours, happy feast(s) of spring and freedom!

3 thoughts on “A new question: Why is there citrus on that seder plate?

  1. We have a Tarrocco blood orange that has been superb in all regards. Got it from Paul Fisher. We also keep Passover; I had not thought to put the 2 together!


  2. Well, next year in the orange grove, Doug!

    My Tarrocco is a relatively new strain that was not commercially available yet as of the year the CRFG Festival of Fruit was in Riverside. I got mine as one of the trees Toots Bier was making available to participants. I should let her know how well it has thrived here, and how good the fruit is.

    (And, Vasi, thanks for the reminder of the [other] orange on the seder plate. I had heard that story a few years ago, although not the “corrected” version in the piece you linked to.)


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