Why We Eat Prunes And Noodles On Good Friday

Why do I prepare prunes and noodles for lunch on Good Friday? It’s a German Russian heritage food tradition. Where we live German Russian culture remains strong. Traditions I think are important for our children to learn and carry on. While I didn’t grow up with this food tradition, I learned about it from the locals and started it years ago. Our kids now have come to expect it.

They know on Good Friday we’re eating prunes and noodles together and talking about Jesus’s death, sacrifice and the coming of our Easter celebration.

My kids don’t like the prunes and egg noodles meal. Mysteriously, today almost all the prunes were missing from the container before I started to cook. You can watch my Instagram stories today to see who the culprit may be. I added golden raisins, dried blueberries, and canned peaches to the prunes. I also added water, honey, and cinnamon while they cooked and added cold water with cornstarch at the end to thicken the sauce. Egg noodles traditionally were homemade in this German Russian food tradition. However, our small town grocery store sells egg noodles from Hosmer, South Dakota and as our daughter, Miss E said to me, “Somebody made them!” Just not us.

My favorite part is frying up some bits of bread in butter with some salt to top the dish with. It’s a hearty Good Friday meal. I think it’s yummy but most of all, I love the tradition of how a meal allows us to pause and talk about the importance of Good Friday in our Christian faith. Starting new traditions or following old ones create connections and memories. While our kids don’t love prunes and noodles, they will always remember this day as different than other days of the year. I hope as they grow older they realize the food isn’t what is the important part of the day but their faith.

Have a blessed Easter celebration, sharing in new or old traditions.