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Shop for Traditional Passover Ingredients

Shop for Traditional Passover Ingredients

Posted April 1, 2017

For Seattle residents, Pike Place Market has long been a favorite place to shop for holidays and special occasions throughout the year. Many generations of Jewish families have shopped for traditional foods served during Passover from the Market's highstalls (market-speak for produce vendors), fish and meat markets, and specialty foods stores. 

At various stages during the telling of the Passover story at the seder (the festive holiday meal celebrated on the first night of the holiday), symbolic foods are introduced and eaten. 

Pro Market shopper Linda Elman gave us the scoop on where to shop for Passover: she buys horseradish, parsley, apples, and other vegetables and fruits for dinner at Sosio's Produce; salmon bones and gefilte fish makings at Pure Food Fish; and nuts for charoset (a paste made of apples, nuts and wine) at various nut sellers in the Market.

We asked Harry Salvo of Pure Food Fish to tell us more about gefilte fish. He described it as a combination of fish (carp, pike, and black cod are commonlyused) that is chopped or ground, then mixed with onions, carrots, celery and parsley to make fish meal. The mixture is held together with matzah meal and eggs, then shaped into balls and boiled in a broth. They're served warm or cold with horseradish. Gefilte means "stuffed" in German, and some Passover seder recipes call for the chopped fish to be stuffed into fish skin.

Other seder vegetables consumed during the Passover story include onions, potatoes, and bitter herbs such as endive, freshly ground horseradish root, and stems of Romaine lettuce.

Eggs are central to the seder. You'll find a great assortment of eggs to boil, from little quail eggs to chicken, goose, duck and turkey eggs, at Pike Place Market Creamery. Meats like brisket and chicken can be purchased at Don & Joe's Meats.

PRO TIP: Bring a bottle of kosher wine from DeLaurenti or Pike & Western Wine Shop as a thoughtful gift for the host.