Tu b’Shvat is an ancient celebration of the new year for trees. It also celebrates the bounty from the Promised Land and of the earth as a whole.
In Deuteronomy (8:8 – 10), the Torah teaches us that the Promised Land is filled with “wheat and barley, vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olives and honey…a land where you may eat food without stint, and where you will lack for nothing…when you have eaten your fill, give thanks to the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.”
The most popular way of celebrating Tu b’Shvat is to eat produce connected with the Land of Israel.
In these two Breaking Matzo recipes, we celebrate four of the seven species outlined in Deuteronomy. Our Tapenade highlights figs and olives. Our Yemenite Charoset highlights pomegranates and dates.
We hope you enjoy these delicious and healthy fruit recipes and celebrate the festival of trees!