Yield: 2 cups

In bowl, combine raisins, dates and figs. Pour in water; let stand for 1 hour or until softened. In food processor or blender, and in batches, chop coarsely. In small heavy saucepan, combine chopped fruit mixture with lemon rind and juice. Simmer over low heat, uncovered, stirring often, until charoset tastes rich and fruity, about 15 minutes. Add more lemon juice if desired. Let cool; sprinkle pecans on top.

NOTE: Here is a traditional accompaniment to matzo. The lemony flavor is balanced by the sweetness of the dried fruit.