Jews all around the world are celebrating Passover! Learn some fun facts about this special Passover bread thanks to our friends at Israel21c.
1. Matza, matzah, matzo, matzoh … a food with many spellings thanks to its Hebrew origins and no direct English translation. Matzah is also called “poor bread” and “bread of affliction” in the Torah.
2. Passover matzah vs. all-year-round matzah: The plain all-year-round variety tastes exactly the same as the plain Passover variety, but Passover matzah must be made specifically for the holiday. From the time that the wheat is taken to the mill to be ground into flour, it must be guarded from contact with moisture until water is added just before the baking process. Look for the label “Kosher for Passover” when purchasing matzah for the holiday.
3. Shmura vs. regular matzah: The strictest guidelines call for guarding the wheat from moisture from the time of harvest. This extra-guarded matzah is called shmura (“guarded”). There are handmade and machine-made varieties.