Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, marks the first of the High Holidays and is observed 10 days before Yom Kippur. Symbolic foods with special meanings for the holiday permeate Rosh Hashanah recipes and meals.
See also: A Jewish New Year feast.
Apples and Honey:
Honey represents quality of life and wealth, as in the description of Israel as "the land of milk and honey." Slices of apple dipped in honey are often given to Jewish children during Rosh Hashanah, and prayers are said asking God for a sweet year. Challah bread dipped in honey and honey cake are also popular traditional foods.
Honey Cake by Claudia Roden
Apple-Cinnamon Noodle Kugel With Sour Cream by Faye Levy
Honey Apple Spice Muffins by George Geary
Chicken With Prunes and Honey by Jennifer Felicia Abadi
Spinach-Green Apple Salad by Ellie Krieger
New Fruit and Pomegranates:
"New fruits" refer to fruit that has just come into season and has not yet been eaten this year. Eaten on the second night of Rosh Hashanah, pomegranates are often used, with the hope that good deeds done in the coming year will be as numerous as pomegranate seeds.
Grilled Eggplant With Pomegranate Vinaigrette by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner
Spiced Lamb Stew With Walnuts and Pomegranate by Jamie Oliver
Warm Shredded Lamb Salad With Mint and Pomegranate by Nigella Lawson
Round Challah Bread:
Representing the cycle of the year, this braided egg bread is eaten year-round but is specially shaped into spirals or circles during Rosh Hashanah to represent the ongoing continuity of life.
Round Rosh Hashanah Challah by Faye Levy
Holiday Honey Challah by Faye Levy
Apricot-Pecan Challah by Faye Levy