I was just chatting with my friend Bob and I don’t remember how this came up, but it suddenly came to me that there actually is a good reason for having chazeret on your seder plate: In memory of Cesar Chavez!
This is a joke, obviously — and something of a follow up to “Ha Tomato Anya.”
See also ASC’s hilarious suggestions of more additions to the seder plate (“Apple: Expresses our admiration for Mayor Michael Bloomberg,” “Asparagus: A reminder to support SPUTI, the Society to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections” and so forth).
Of course, chazeret is actually nonsense. It accomplishes nothing that either maror or karpas does not already accomplish and there’s little agreement on whether it should really be there.
In short, if you were thinking of buying me a seder plate as a gift, don’t bother if it has a spot for chazeret.