Bitter Herbs

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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bitter herbs (of the Jews) are the bitter plants which form part of the food at the Feast of the passover, symbolizing the bitter times which the Jews endured in Egypt. The festive Seder (Passover) table includes a plate of at least one of these bitter herbs, known collectively as maror. Those commonly used (the choice varies) are lettuce (often romaine lettuce, although some Jews think that endive is meant), celery, chicory, cress, and grated horseradish.