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An annual new year for trees was established by Talmudic rabbis so that Jews could calculate the age of trees and know when they could be harvested. This tree birthday is called Tu B'Shvat, which literally means "Day 15 of the Hebrew month of Shvat." Jews today celebrate the festival of Tu B'Shvat in a variety of ways. Some learn about the environment. Some plant trees in Israel. Many serve dishes containing fruit and grains mentioned in the Bible, either for a regular meal or for a Tu B'Shvat Seder ceremony. When making a meal for Tu B'Shvat try to include the seven species (shivat haminim): wheat, barley, grapes, fig, pomegranate, olive and date.
What follows are several recipes that include the 7 species
Whole Wheat Bread:
Tu Bishvat Cake
Making a cake for my daughter’s gan (preschool) Tu Bishvat celebration, I came up with this festive decoration. It’s extremely easy to do and was a big hit with the kids and teachers alike!
You’ll need:1 dried date1 dried fig2-3 dried apricots2 dried raisinsVanilla frostingFresh mintDecorating gelDirections:
Dried Fruit Biscotti
This Tu Bishvat recipe makes approximately 50 biscottiIngredients:120 grams (1 cup minus 2 tablespoons) whole wheat flour120 grams (1 cup plus 1½ tablespoons) sugar½ teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 packet vanilla sugar (10 grams)Grated orange peel150 grams (1 cup) dried fruit1 cup mixed nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews, etc…)4 eggsDirections: