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Haft Mewa (Seven Fruits) Recipe, One of the best traditional Afghan nut dishes
The history of preparing Haft Mewa goes back to the past; a long time ago, Afghan families started preparing “Haft Mewa” in the last days of March (in the Persian calendar, it means the last days of Esfand).
Due to the sacredness of the number seven, which came from the Sumerians to other peoples of the ancient world, including the Aryans, seven fruit trees are considered auspicious on the day of the beginning of the new year.
The people of Afghanistan and some areas of Tajikistan believe it was neither Haftsin (Seven edibles or goodies that start with the letter Sin) nor Haftshin (Seven edibles or goodies that start with the letter Shin), but Haftchin (Seven edibles or goodies that we can pick it from trees, etc.). Haftchin also means seven fruits picked from seven different trees and gathered on the table as a blessing for the house at the beginning of the new year.
Nowruz in Afghanistan is different from Iran in some ways, and unlike Iranian people, Afghans spend the new year outside their homes. They do not set a haft-sin table like the Iranians but carry a Haft mewa (seven-fruit) tray in the streets and places where people gather.
Seven types of dry fruits that are a part of people’s food during winter are part of this dish.
Considering that the season for picking fresh fruits is far away from the first day of the year, in the old days, the fruits on the New Year’s table were not fresh, and instead, they put dry fruits such as gooseberries, elderberries, raisins, figs, etc.
Seven Fruits are something similar to a fruit salad, which consists of seven different types of dried fruits, including raisins, elderberries, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, gheysi (dried apricots), and plums, and in other words, in some recipes, they add “almond kernels” along with a little sugar.
In this way, they wash the seven dry fruits and then leave a mixture of them overnight in a tank of water so that the juice of the seven fruits is combined.
On the morning of the first day of the new year, each family member drinks this water and eats its seeds with the wish of having a sweet and blessed year.
Ingredients for making Haft mewa (Seven Fruits):
|Red raisins||½ a kilo|
|Green raisins||½ a kilo|
|Black raisins||½ a kilo|
|Gheysi (dried apricots)||1 kilo gram|
|Elderberry||200 to 250 grams|
|All kind of nuts which we use there||200 grams|
|Rose – water||As much as needed|
|Cardamom||As much as needed|
|Saffron||As much as needed|
First, pour walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and all nuts into a suitable container and add water to it; let it boil for 2 minutes.
After boiling for 2 minutes:
- Drain the walnuts and other nuts.
- Put them in a container.
- Pour cold water over them.
Remove the skin on them with a knife (you can easily remove the skin by hand).
In the same way, remove the skin from all the nuts.
In a Pyrex container or another suitable container, pour the bottom with walnuts, elderberries, and dried plums, and then it’s time to add raisins and almonds.
Then add pistachios and dried apricots, and at the end of the work, pour boiling water over them to cover the entire surface.
Cut the cardamom with the tip of a knife, add it to the rest of the ingredients, and put it in the container.
The mixture should be placed in a suitable environment for one night. Over time, you will see that all the ingredients have absorbed the water and puffed up a bit; Serve the seven fruits in the appropriate dishes and drink.
Note: Do not throw away the water you soaked the mixture and pour it into the containers with other contents.
Frequently asked questions about Haft mewa
What is 7 sin in Nowruz, which is along with Haft mewa?
Haft-sin is seven things that start with the letter S (س) in the Persian language; each of them is a sign of one thing that we wish to have in the new year, which is included:
Sib (Apple), A sign of beauty and affection
Senjed (Oleaster), A sign of love
Somagh (Sumac), A sign of the taste of life
Sir (Garlic), A sign of health
Sekkeh (Coin), A sign of blessing and abundance
Sabze (Grass), A sign of renewal