Ostara is the pagan holiday that celebrates the Spring Equinox, which occurs between March 19th and March 23rd in the Northern Hemisphere. The holiday honors the goddess Eostre and the fertility of the spring season with symbols like eggs and rabbits.
Some ways you can celebrate the holiday include eating recipes that include eggs, decorating your altar with flowers connected to Ostara like daffodils and violets, and even doing a bit of spring cleaning to shoo any energetic cobwebs from the winter out the door.
The traditional foods of Ostara go beyond eggs, though. Here, you’ll find a list of traditional foods as well as modern and classic recipes for the holiday.
What Is Ostara?
Ostara is the Wiccan and pagan holiday that celebrates the first day of Spring. It is one of the Lesser Sabbats or quarter holidays. It represents the Spring Equinox (also known as the vernal equinox), which is one of the two times of the year when night and day are the same length.
For Wiccans, it is when the Goddess is in her Maiden aspect and when the God is a young man.
What Are the Traditional Foods of Ostara?
Eggs and foods made with eggs are the most important foods for Ostara. Eggs are a symbol of fertility in both a literal way and a metaphorical one. They represent the potential for life as well as what is possible and coming to be as the wheel turns towards warmer days.
It’s the time when the world starts awakening with life. Plants are starting to peek out from the ground, baby animals are born, and when we get to enjoy sunnier days. If this all sounds a bit like Easter, you’d be correct. The Christian holiday was heavily influenced by the pagan one.
Some traditional foods of Ostara include:
- Hot Cross Buns
- Sprouted Greens
- Spring Greens
Some of these Ostara recipes are more traditional, while others are inspired by the foods enjoyed during the Spring Equinox. The most traditional food of Ostara are eggs. But, spring vegetables, bright foods like lemons, and sweet honey also represent the holiday.
Eggs are a symbol of fertility and the central symbol of the spring holiday. Depending on the recipe, you can boil and decorate them first!
- Sous Vide Poached Eggs
- Easy Veggie Omelet
- Egg Salad Sandwich
- Asparagus and Eggs
- Deviled Eggs
- Egg Muffins
- Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
Like the coming of Spring, honey is sweet. It’s a great food to place on your altar in a small bowl or to enjoy as a way to sweeten the season.
3. Hot Cross Buns
In modern times, we associate Hot Cross Buns with Christianity and the symbol of the cross. However, Gather Victoria suggests they have been incorporated into holiday festivals for much much longer.
“According to a variety of food scholars, early Goddesses such as Inanna, Ishtar, Isis, Hathor, Artemis, Aphrodite and Venus were all offered small round buns marked with a cross during springtime religious festivals.” The markings markings represent the lunar cycle.
While many citrus fruits are considered winter produce, lemons also bloom in the spring. Their bright, refreshing flavor is evocative of the holiday and the season.
- Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
- Creamy Lemon Basil Spaghetti
- Lemon Curd
- Lemon Roll Cake
- Lemon Blueberry Tart with a Chocolate Crust
- Lemon Brownies
- Lemon Olive Oil Cake
- One Pot Lemon Ricotta Pasta
- Vegan Lemon Chive Dip
- Lemon Sandwich Cookies
- Lemon Bread
- Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken
5. Sprouted Greens and Spring Produce
Thanks to trade and modern technology, we can find most vegetables year round. But, these green vegetables are those that either first arrive or ripen during Spring. These include vegetables like asparagus, peas, cabbage, and greens like kale, mustard greens, and arugula.
- Asparagus Basil Pesto
- Asparagus Mushroom Pasta
- Roasted Lemon Pepper Asparagus
- Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus
- Vegan Asparagus Tart
- Asparagus Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust
- Lemon Asparagus Pasta
- Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus and Feta
- Potatoes with Garlic, and Spring Greens
- Wild Garlic Pesto
- Asparagus Soup
- Fresh Lemon Asparagus Tart
- Savory Asparagus Galette with Vegan Ricotta
In Ireland, the dog violet blooms around March and in addition to being a gorgeous flower, it can be incorporated into recipes. In fact some of my favorite cookies have violets in them!
- Violet Flower Syrup
- Violet Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
- Violet Lemonade
- Wild Violet Muffins
- Violet Jelly
- Candied Violets
Lavender is another flower and herb that begins blooming in mid-spring. It’s wonderful for adding to sachets and mojo bags but is also tasty in recipes. Just don’t go overboard with it unless you want your food to taste like soap.
- Lavender Lemonade
- Lavender Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies
- Lavender Syrup
- Lavender Cake
- Blueberry Lavender Smoothie
To me, mint feels like Spring. And that’s not just because Girl Scout Cookies are available. The fragrant herb is abundant all year round, but especially so in March and beyond.
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