“Let the sky rain potatoes,”
To the Jews around the globe who readily embraced the sweet potato and the other imports from the New World, pumpkins and squashes, the rapidly growing vegetables evoked not amour exactly, but abundance and fertility.
In Jewish communities from Morocco to Melbourne, these vegetables are especially prized during the fall holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot, when their sugary flesh, reflecting the many colors of the sun, symbolizes the sweetness and the seasonal plenty of an abundant harvest.
The sweet potatoes I’ve added to my Polish grandmother’s recipe for matzoh balls (knaidlach) softly echo the pureed golden vegetables that give this soup its delicately sweet edge and velvety smoothness.
Scarlet seeds from a pomegranate hanging in your sukkah or some diced red onions add crunch, tang, and a burst of color.
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