sweet new year date honey

6 Sep

9429926588_f5c98b45e0Apples and honey, what a great combination!

Why is the tradition during the jewish New Year celebration to dip apples in honey?

It symbolizes our hopes for a sweet new year!

It is also said that the city of Jerusalem is the land of “milk and honey.” While the honey that is being referred to might conjure up images of bee honey, much of the honey that was used was made from dates.

Here is a recipe for a sweet new year date honey, which might strike your fancy this year!

Makes ~1 cup Recipe adapted from amandasapron.com


  • 1 C Medjool dates
  • ~1 C warm water
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


1. Prep: Remove the pits from your dates. Soak the dates in water for 10-15 minutes.

2. Blend: In a food processor blend dates, adding a bit of the soaked water, until desired smooth texture is reached. Store in a sealed container in the fridge.

3. Enjoy (on challah, apples, in baked goods, smoothies or as a spread)!

Photo courtesy of creativecommons.com

8 Responses to “sweet new year date honey”

  1. mwfinchwren September 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    This is the first time I’ve ever heard (after a lifetime of knowing that the Holy Land was the land of milk and honey) that Israel’s honey was often made from dates! Thank you for the history lesson!


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