“Refresh me with apples,” Solomon wrote in the “Song of Songs.” Iranian Jews, too, recognize the revivifying talents of the universal fruit: they cleanse palates murky from the long fast with a light, very simple apple ice.
The added rose water provides more than mere refreshment: In some Middle Eastern temples, the shammash (sexton of the synagogue) sprinkled drops of fragrant rose water onto the congregants’ hands to lift their spirits during Yom Kippur services.
Cool, clean, and delicately perfumed, Malka Anavian’s Iranian family recipe makes a suave prelude to the salty, rich fish dishes at the break-the-fast table.
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