Tu B’shvat is the New Year for trees celebrated on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat. It marks the beginning of the fruit growing seasons for trees in Israel.
It is celebrated in Israel by planting trees and eating food made from the Seven Species of grains and fruit that grow in Israel and are mentioned in the Torah: wheat, barley, grapes, olives, figs, pomegranates and dates. The custom is also to eat almonds because almond trees blossom in Israel at this time.
During the 16th century, Kabbalist rabbis developed a Tu Bishvat Seder during which the fruits and trees of Israel were given symbolic meaning. Organizations in Israel and the Diaspora use this holiday to promote environmental awareness.
The custom is to eat dried fruit and desserts and dishes made from the seven species such as my Seven Species Strudel printed in Whisk Magazine in 2012.
The Kosher Baker
Fresh Fruit Tart with figs
Almond Anise Biscotti
Almond Puff Pastry Twists
The Holiday Kosher Baker
Tu B’shvat Babka
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Dried Fruit Truffles