Traditionally served as part of the Jewish Purim celebration — which this year falls on Wednesday, February 28, and Thursday, March 1 — the word "hamantaschen" is Yiddish for "Haman's pockets." (In Hebrew, the translation is "Haman's ears.") Haman, for those not familiar, is the oft-booed villain in the Purim story, whose heroes feature the good Queen Esther and her wise uncle Mordechai, who speak up to save all of the Jews in Persia, circa 4th century BCE.
Part of hamantaschen's appeal is the ease with which it can be made and replicated by bakers of all ages: even a dexterous 3-year-old can spoon jam into a soft cookie center and pinch the edges closed. But some D.C. bakeries have been perfecting their hamantaschen dough and fillings for years, to the delight of customers who feel compelled to eat as many hamantaschens as possible during Purim (and in some cases, year-round).
Here are nine sources for hamantaschen around D.C.
Note: The featured bakeries and markets are not ranked. The map is arranged geographically from north to south.
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