History in the Baking

62117340 - hamantaschen cookies . selective focus

// by Mary Hamel

The Jewish holiday Purim commemorates the salvation of the Hebrew people in ancient Persia (fourth century BCE) from Haman—who plotted to annihilate the Jewish race.

Celebrated this year on March 11-12, a common tradition is to send two gifts of food to friends and family. “It is a show of our love to other Jewish people,” says Rabbi Eli Wilansky of Chabad at the Beaches.

The most popular Purim treat is the hamantaschen (pictured), a triangular pastry that is typically filled with raspberry, apricot, chocolate, pomegranate, prune or poppy seed.