Rosh Hashanah Foods

Recipes for the Holiday

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Many people know about the custom of eating apples dipped in honey on Rosh Hashanah, but there are many more food-related customs for the Jewish New Year. Sweet foods are popular, to symbolize the sweet year we hope will follow. In the Sephardic community, many families hold a Rosh Hashanah seder where a series of symbolic foods are eaten before the meal. Each of the chosen foods--generally a pomegranate, date, string bean, beet, pumpkin, leek, and fish head--symbolize a wish or blessing for prosperity and health in the coming year. The food's significance is most often based on a pun of that food's name. You can buy Rosh Hashanah seder plates in our online store.

Brisket, a traditional cut of meat on Rosh Hashanahhoney cake
Seitan Brisket, a vegetarian alternative to brisket

Pomegranate Chicken, a sweet and tangy entree
Tayglach, dough boiled in honey
Honey Cake, a sweet treat for a sweet year
Apple Cake, seasonal apples to celebrate the holiday
Sfratti, Honey walnut stick cookies
Tzimmes, a hot sweet carrot dish
Fish, symbols of abundance and fertility
Symbolic Foods
    Orange and Pomegranate Salad
    Green Beans and Honey Tahini
    Roasted Beets with Pesto
    Braised Leeks
    Pumpkin Cranberry Cupcakes
    Date Coconut Rolls


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