Apples and honey, a Jewish New Year tradition, are a delicious snack or
simple dessert on any day.
Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. One of the holiday traditions is dipping an apple in honey. But the tradition can be enjoyed year-round by anyone looking for a tasty snack or a simple dessert.
All you need are honey and apples. Slice the apples and serve them with a dish of honey.
TIP: While a bowl of honey lets more than one person dip at a time, a Honey Bear squeeze bottle or other squeeze bottle (with a dispensing tip) is much neater!
Apples are sweet, honey is even sweeter. Combine the two and it’s symbolic of a [hopefully] ultra-sweet new year.
The apple symbolizes the Garden of Eden, which according to the Torah has the scent of an apple orchard, and in Kabbalah is called “the holy apple orchard.”
So whether or not you’re celebrating anything today, pick up some crisp apples and honey, slice and dip. If you aren’t already familiar with this combination, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to put them together!
There’s generic honey—a blend of inexpensive honeys from around the world, blended to a common denominator for American supermarket purchases.
And then there’s varietal honey: single-source honey, such as Black Sage, Clover, Orange Blossom, Raspbery and Sage. There are hundreds of varieties, each made from the nectar of a different flower, bush or tree.
Each varietal honey has a distinct flavor; thus, and each pairs well with specific foods. Check out our food and honey pairings.
Consider these pairing tips from Rowan Jacobsen, an apple grower and author of Apples of Uncommon Character:
Happy New Year to those who celebrate, and enjoy those apples and honey, to those who don’t.
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