Iranian Rose-Apple Ice (Poludeh)

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The Gefilte Variations

By Jayne Cohen

Published 2000

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“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.