#StayatHome maror: maple seeds.
BITTER. Maple seeds make horseradish taste like candy in comparison.
(And yes, maple seeds are a time-honored edible in the Foraging world.)
We couldn’t get our usual maror this year, so I’m using silver maple—because that’s what’s falling on my street right now—but any maple should do.
Here’s the trick: don’t remove the almost invisible layer of whiteness surrounding the seed. It’s in this “pillowcase” where the bitterness lies. The actual chubby, fresh seed—removed from the pillowcase—is rather like edamame and delicious. But the film between seed and paper wing = BITTER, BABY.
And after the seder (or during, at a thematically appropriate moment?),
please fling the still-unopened “helicopters” into the air and enjoy the twirl.
Have a happy Passover, everyone. May your herbs be bitter and your seder—somehow—be sweet.