This Friday night, my Tu B'shvat menu will once again try to incorporate all Shivas HaMinim, the seven species listed in the Torah as being special to Eretz Yisroel.
I will enumerate them here and notate how they will be incorporated into my dinner menu:
- Wheat - challah
- Barley - baked barley and mushrooms
- Grapes - wine and grapes on the dessert platters
- Figs - on the dessert platters
- Pomegranates - pomegranate juice
- Olives - condiments with the meal
- Dates - on the dessert platters
There will of course be many more delicious fruits and nuts, both fresh and dried, in abundance throughout the course of the meal. Almonds are customary as well because although they are not one of the seven, they are the most visible sign of the arrival of Tu B'shvat in Israel.
The almond trees' pink flowers are ubiquitous on the hillsides of Israel at this time of year.
Stay tuned for photos of how the decorations turned out as well!