BBC Good Food Magazine

WHAT TO EAT FOR ROSH HASHANAH

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Honey

This is said to help bring a sweet year. Many families dip apples and/or challah (a traditiona­l Jewish festive bread) in it, but it’s also given as gifts and used in savoury dishes, like tzimmes

– a carrot-based dish sweetened with honey and served as a side.

Apples

Also symbolic for a sweet new year, many start their celebratio­ns by dipping apple slices in honey.

Challah bread

This traditiona­l sweet bread, eaten by many families each Friday night to celebrate the Sabbath, is usually a long, plaited loaf. For Rosh Hashanah, it’s shaped into a round to represent the neverendin­g circle of life.

Good-luck foods

Simanim is the name given to foods that are thought to bring luck. These include veg that grow profusely (which symbolises prosperity), such as pumpkins, black-eyed beans, leeks, beet leaves and spinach. Dates – said to ward off your enemies – are also a favourite, along with carrots.

‘New’ fruit

Another tradition is to eat a fruit that you’ve not tasted yet that season, to mark a new experience. Pomegranat­es are a traditiona­l ‘new fruit’. They symbolise fertility and are said to contain 613 seeds – the number of commandmen­ts in the Hebrew Bible or Torah..

Honey cake

No new year celebratio­n would be complete without this essential treat. See my recipe, opposite.

Feast, followed by fast

After all that feasting comes a day of fasting. On Yom Kippur (a week after Rosh Hashanah), no food is consumed for 25 hours as Jewish people repent their sins of the year before so they may go into the next year with a clean slate. Families will vary in how they choose to break their fast, but many do so with a nice slice of honey cake or challah and a soothing cup of tea.

 ??  ?? While classicall­y plaited, challah is shaped into a round for Rosh Hashanah
While classicall­y plaited, challah is shaped into a round for Rosh Hashanah
 ??  ?? Symbolisin­g fertility, pomegranat­es are eaten as a ‘new fruit’
Symbolisin­g fertility, pomegranat­es are eaten as a ‘new fruit’
 ??  ?? For a sweet year ahead, apples (or challah, below)
are dipped into honey
For a sweet year ahead, apples (or challah, below) are dipped into honey

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