Friday, January 18, 2013

Dried Fruit Cups for Tu B' Shevat

Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—is celebrated this year on Shabbat, January 26, 2013.  One custom we do on this day is taste many of the fruits that grow in Israel. I remember as a child attending Hebrew schoolon Tu B' Shevat we went home with a small wax paper bag filled with dried fruit and nuts which I devoured in the car on the way home!
I wanted to give the children the same treat I enjoyed as a child. These are paper cups filled with parchment paper cones, tied up twine and stamped with small name tags.

Inside are dried apple, dates, carob, figs, raisins and almonds.

Tu B' Shevat also marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.
This book would make a perfect addition to the fruit cup. It teaches young children all about different varieties of trees and how they grow.

How will you celebrate Tu B' Shevat?

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