Haroset, the traditional fruit condiment on the Passover Seder table, represents the mortar that the Jews made while they were slaves in Egypt. Variations are endless. Some are cooked, such as this one, and some are just chopped and mixed together.
In a saucepan, combine the dates, apples, nuts, ground orange, sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. Add the boiling water and bring to a boil again over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the mixture forms a smooth paste, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and simmer for 2 minutes longer.
Remove from the heat and let cool. Serve at room temperature.
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