Stuffed Dates and Prunes
Tu Bishvat is an ancient Jewish holiday that, in biblical times,
determined whether a tree was old enough for its fruit to be tithed or
eaten. Every Tu Bishvat, all the trees aged one year, which is why the
holiday is often referred to as “The New Year for the Trees” or the
“Birthday of the Trees.”
A way to celebrate Tu Bishvat is by
eating the seven species. In the Bible, Israel is described as a land
blessed with seven fruits and grains. The seven species are: figs, dates, pomegranates, olives, grapes, wheat and barley. The recipes below are easy and delicious ways to serve all seven species at your table.
If you serve the sandwiches and dates
with grape juice, you’ll be up to all of the
Seven Species. Children will love helping you stuff the dates and since
only a small amount of pomegranate syrup is used, you can save the rest
for later. Pomegranate syrup is delightful on vanilla ice cream.
Dates can be stuffed with a variety of ingredients, from a
simple whole almond, to nuts soaked in orange blossom water and honey.
Large mejhoul dates are the ones used for special occasions and special
recipes like these stuffed dates.
A departure from more traditional stuffed foods, these stuffed
prunes combine sweet and savory, and make a wonderful start to a