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May We Recommend: Tu B’Shvat Fruit Trees

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Tu B’Shvat is a remarkable holiday in the Jewish calendar, since it is not about the Jewish people, or even about people at all. Originally, Tu B’Shvat (the fifteenth of the month of Shvat) is the date on Jewish calendar from which the age of trees is counted for the purpose of the Mitzvot and temple tithes related to fruit. Today, Tu B’Shvat has come to signify our connection to the land of Israel or global environmental values.  Eating fruit has long been a Tu B’Shvat tradition. Especially symbolic are the fruit belonging to the seven species the land of Israel was blessed by in the bible – grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates. Some people maintain the custom of eating dried fruits and nuts on Tu B’Shvat—probably a remnant of the days when it was hard to come by a variety of fresh fruit—but all fresh fruit are welcome just the same.

To arrange a beautiful fruit tree plate, it is best to have a variety of multi-colored fruits and nuts. Place them in a tree shape using different kinds for the trunk, leaves, fruit, and ground. A plate border pattern can be added too. Putting fruits and nuts of different sizes, colors, shapes, and textures side by side works especially well and is visually appealing.

Then, enjoy pecking at the tree with family and friends until nothing is left.

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