The new year for the trees comes right after we’ve rung in our own new year, with resolutions and all. Bring the two together with nutrient-rich fruits and whole grains—in moderation.
Around these parts, Tu b’Shevat falls when the trees are bare and it’s frigid—no signs of blooming anywhere yet. But you can gather friends for a festive and fruity holiday brunch!
Tu b’Shevat may not be the most popular Jewish holiday, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be. Annabel put together a vegetarian dinner party menu that incorporates the holiday’s seven species.
Not only is toast trendy (ahem, avocado toast, anyone?), but its humility—carrying its toppings on its back—is also perfect for letting the symbolism of Tu b’Shevat shine through.
For Tu b’Shevat, Julia challenged herself to use as many parts of the tree as possible. The result was a “whole-tree” apple crumble including fruit, nuts, bark, buds and sap.
Want to celebrate Tu b’Shevat, but not into dried fruits and nuts? Fear not. The seven species were basically made for cocktails. Cheers to whisky (barley) and sparkling wine (grapes) cocktails!
For Sarah, one of the highlights of living in Tel Aviv is being able to go to the Friday morning farmers market at the renovated port for fresh, local produce.
Just because winter isn’t fruit-picking season doesn’t mean that it’s not a good time to make jam. As Tu b’Shevat approaches, play around with store-bought and dried fruits, and practice for summer.
Dear Mom, I can’t believe my winter break is over and that I’m already back to the grind with school! I had a great time in Israel. I was there to report a story about best friends and business partners—a Palestinian and a Jewish Israeli—who collect and sell embroidery together. They requested I not use…
To celebrate Tu b’Shevat, Leah created a rich challah that contains the seven species mentioned in the Bible as well as milk and honey and almonds, the symbol of spring in Israel.