Every holiday has its own particular food customs, and the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is no exception.
Biblically known as "Yom Teruah", literally "day of shouting" (which comes as no surprise to this writer, or anyone else who grew up around Jewish kitchens during holidays), one of the most popular and well-known culinary delights during the celebration is to dip slices of apples directly into a bowl of honey.
On a purely symbolic level, the meaning couldn't be more simple: this sweetest of naturally sweet combinations is meant to symbolize our fervent hope for -- you guessed it -- a sweet new year.
On a hungry human level, it's simply delicious.
Hosting a Rosh Hashanah celebration at home this year, or heading over to relatives or friends? Then bump your honey game up a notch by seeking out locally sourced, unfiltered and unprocessed -- never blended -- varietal honeys that ensure a remarkable level of taste that processed supermarket honeys simply cannot match.
We're talking flavors like Blueberry, Orange Blossom, Cranberry, Buckwheat, Sage, Sweet Yellow Clover, Basswood, Sourwood, Star Thistle, Aster or Meadowfoam.
Trust us: you'll create quite the. Buzz.