Guest Post: The Israel Forever Foundation
The MANY flavors and Tastes of Tu B'Shevat™ are very exciting for those of us who love exploring with our senses! The smell of the spices, the taste of the sweet dried fruits, the sight of the multi-color grains and nuts…the list goes on!
In honor of this beautiful holiday, it is tradition in Israel to eat fruits and grains that come from the land of Israel, particularly of the "Shivat Minnim," the seven biblical species:
Special Tu B’Shevat recipes were created in Israel and the Jewish Diaspora from Russia to Morocco using the 7 biblical species. Passed down from generation to generation, these delicious dishes can still be found on the Seder Table of Israeli families! Click here for a some of those recipes. Here is our 7 species salad recipe:
7 Species Salad
Serving Size: 4 to 6
1 Head of Romaine Lettuce
1/2 - 1 cup pomegranate seeds
6 to 8 figs, quartered
1 - 1/2 cup seedless (or deseeded) grapes, halved or quartered
4-6 dates, sliced
Olive oil and balsamic vinegar (amount based on personal preference)
1 cup Homemade Barley and wheat croutons
1 cup Goat cheese (Feta or Israeli Bulgarit)
1/4 cup Bee or date honey (eretz zavat chalav u'dvash!)
1/4 cup Israeli olive oil
1/4 cup Soy sauce
1 cup Bulgur or Quinoa
1 cup walnuts or seeds of your choice
Combine all the above mentioned ingredients and drizzle the dressing on top.
To make homemade croutons
1) Cut bread into bite-sized pieces and toss into a large bowl.
2) In a separate container, combine olive oil and some favorite spices - oregano, basil, thyme, garlic, and of course salt. Shake/stir really well to get all the flavors combined.
3) Pour dressing over the bread cubes and shake up to evenly distribute the flavor.
4) Spread out the croutons on a baking tray or casserole dish.
5) Bake at 200°C to 225°C (400°F to 450°F). After about 7-10 minutes, shake the tray to make sure croutons are evenly cooked. Feel free to drizzle another bit of olive oil on them! Bake another 7-10 minutes, until they reach the color and crispnes that you prefer.
Another tradition during Tu B’Shevat is the consumption and giving gifts of dried fruit. This ritual is drawn from the years of Diaspora Jewish life in Eastern Europe and elsewhere when they couldn't get fresh fruits in the winter. This is yet another taste that we in Israel savor during Tu B’Shevat. Today, in the markets throughout Israel, dates, pomegranates, olives, avocado, persimmon, oranges, carob, sabres (cactus fruit), grapes, almonds, walnuts, pecans, apples and other beautiful fruits and nuts are transformed into delicious delectables to be shared by family and friends. Some people observe Tu B’Shvat by tasting 15 (“TU”) different types of fruit!
In celebration of Tu B’Shevat and the Land of Israel where the fruits and trees have symbolic meaning, The Israel Forever Foundation is helping you feel connected to Israel and the tradition of Tu B’Shevat!
Explore our Israel and Tu B'Shevat materials that emphasize the importance of Israel and her importance in our personal lives.
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