Iraqi Charoset

Iraqi Charoset

In our pursuit of discovering Jewish recipes from around the world, we came across this simple Iraqi Charoset for Passover – just pure date syrup and chopped almonds.

Explore our other international charoset recipes here!

Yield: 1 lb of dates makes approximately 1/2 - 3/4 cup date syrup


  • 2-1/2 lbs dates (or 1-1/2 cups store bought date syrup)
  • handful of pecans, roughly chopped


  • Pit and halve dates
  • Place in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes
  • Strain and return dates to the pan and cover with water again, this time ensuring there’s about an inch more of water. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer covered for 2 hours, checking occasionally to ensure there’s still enough water in the pan
  • Strain dates and squeeze liquid through a nut bag into a bowl. Squeeze really hard to ensure you have all that precious juice out
  • Put the juice back on the stove in a sauce pan and reduce until it becomes a thick syrup. Takes about 25-30 minutes. Let cool
  • Pour date syrup in a small bowl and top with chopped pecans. Serve with matzo crackers


You can store date syrup in a glass container in the refrigerator for weeks.



My Aunt used to make it delicious !may she live till 120 ! (We are Iraqis)

Linda A Bottaro

This looks absolutely delicious! This Italian girl is about to make this!

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