Tu B’Shevat (or Tu Bishvat) is a lesser-known Jewish holiday celebrating the birthday of the trees, It occurs at the approximate time of year when trees begin to bloom again. Some honor the holiday by planting a new tree, often in Israel.
In modern times, this holiday is also synonymous with a discussion of saving the planet, learning about climate change, opening our minds to new ways to help preserve the natural beauty of the world.
There are seven species or foods connected to the celebration of TuBishvat. These seven foods appear in the Old Testament and are some of the key elements that made ancient Israel’s agriculture so rich.
They are: Wheat, Barley, Grapes, Figs, Pomegranates, Olives and Dates
Some of my favorite recipes on the blog using these wonderful ingredients are my super comforting barley soup, roast chicken with grapes and shallots, fig and arugula salad, any of my recipes using pomegranate molasses, and my pumpkin granola that combines olive oil and date syrup.