Soft, sweet, delicate and underappreciated, dates, one of the seven species, have been grown in Israel for thousands of years and have become one of the country’s most important crops.
The “Jewish Earth day” seems ill timed for the Mid-Atlantic, which is still deep in winter, but once the region does wake up, it will show its unique and delicious colors.
The holidays have passed, and Shaina’s visit is over. As she hibernates and fills the freezer with winter comfort foods, Esther reflects on the changing seasons and her daughter’s transformations.
Jewish tradition was bucking the “superfood” trend thousands of years ago with its Seven Species, which grow abundantly in the land of Israel and contain tons of flavors and nutrients.
Tu b’Shevat marks the beginning of spring in Israel. The season of consistent, pelting rains has reached its peak, and the previously parched, desert terrain has transformed into a self-sustaining, vibrant land beginning to bud with new life.