Tu B’Shevat fruit platter – celebrate New Year for Trees!

Celebrate Tu B’Shevat – the Jewish New Year for Trees – with a delicious fruit platter featuring 15 gorgeous tree-grown fruits.

What is Tu B’Shevat?

Tu B’Shevat is one of the more minor of the Jewish festivals, but one of the most fun to celebrate! The name literally means “15 Shevat” – the Hebrew date of the festival, and it is the New Year for Trees. Yes, you read that right, the trees apparently have their own New Year, and deserve their own celebration. Any excuse for a party, right?

Tu b'shevat fruit platter.

Planting trees

As a child, I remember marking the day by planting trees. We would do this here in the UK, with a spade and suchlike, and would also send money to have trees planted in Israel. Years later I worked in the forests in Israel, and spent months tending the trees, building paths, laying irrigation, and teaching young visitors about the importance of protecting our natural environment.

Tu B'Shevat fruit platter.

A little history

Tu B’Shevat has only really been celebrated since the Middle Ages, when people began to mark the day by eating fruits. By the 16th Century, this tradition had expanded and Rabbi Yitzchak Luria of Safed and his disciples created a Tu B’Shevat seder. This was a structured festive meal/service that celebrated the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. 

The meal ended with a prayer which includes the following:
May all the sparks scattered by our hands, or by the hands of our ancestors, or by the sin of the first human against the fruit of the tree, be returned and included in the majestic might of the Tree of Life. Then the trees of the forest will sing out and the tree of the field will raise a branch and make fruit, day by day.” (Read the full text here.)

Tu B'Shevat fruit platter.

Tasty traditions

Rabbi Luria also started the tradition of eating 15 fruits on Tu B’Shevat. As a child, we always had to make up the number with some dried fruits and nuts, but these days the shops are filled with an immense range of fruits, so finding 15 is usually no problem at all. Try to make sure that all your fruits grew on trees though – e.g. melons, which grow on the ground, don’t count.

Our fruit platter included the following fruit selection (in no particular order):

  • Apple
  • Plum
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Kiwi
  • Tangerine
  • Lychee
  • Physalis
  • Fig
  • Cherries
  • Papaya

We could also have had oranges, dates, mangoes, nectarines, passion fruit, grapefruit, persimmon, and probably a load more. What a choice! My daughter Kipper pointed out that OLIVES would also count, as they grow on trees too. Maybe serve them separately though…

Celebrate Tu B'Shevat - the Jewish New Year for Trees - with a delicious platter featuring 15 (or more!) gorgeous tree-grown fruits.

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Tu B'Shevat Fruit Platter

Celebrate the Jewish New Year for Trees with a delicious selection of fruit
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine jewish, Vegan
Keyword fruit
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Helen

Ingredients

  • 10-15 Tree-grown fruits, e.g. Apple, Plum, Peach/Nectarine, Pear, Kiwi, Tangerine, Lychee, Physalis, Fig, Cherries, Papaya, Mango, Orange, Dates, Grapefruit, Passion Fruit, Persimmon...

Instructions

  • Prepare the fruits by washing, peeling or trimming as necessary. Cut the larger fruits into strips or slices.
  • Arrange the fruits on a large platter in the shape of a tree. Be creative!
  • Have a great Tu B'Shevat!

 

Fruity Blessings

The hebrew blessing to say before eating tree-grown fruit is as follows:
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha’Olam, borei pri ha-eitz.

Which means:
Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the tree.

Many people also have the tradition of eating at least one fruit which has not yet been eaten this season. This enables them to also make the Shehecheyanublessing, which is:

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha’Olam, Shehecheyanu Vekiyimanu Vehigianu Lazman Hazeh.

Which means:
Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

Tu B’Shevat ideas and celebrations

I think this fruit platter is a lovely way to show off all the wonderful types of fruit, and allow everyone to help themselves to the different sorts. You could also make fruit skewers, a big fruit salad, or even a 15-fruit smoothie! Here are some more Tu B’Shevat ideas, and if you need even more inspiration, take a look at my Tu B’Shevat Pinterest board

However you choose to celebrate the New Year for Trees, I hope you have a very happy Tu B’Shevat!

Fruit platter.

I’m entering this fruit platter into the Inheritance Recipes link-up, organised by Pebble Soup and Coffee & Vanilla.

Celebrate Tu B'Shevat - the Jewish New Year for Trees - with a delicious platter featuring 15 (or more!) gorgeous tree-grown fruits.

Fruity blessings

The hebrew blessing to say before eating tree-grown fruit is as follows:
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha’Olam, borei pri ha-eitz.

Which means:
Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the tree.

Many people also have the tradition of eating at least one fruit which has not yet been eaten this season. This enables them to also make the Shehecheyanu blessing, which is:

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha’Olam, Shehecheyanu Vekiyimanu Vehigianu Lazman Hazeh.

Which means:
Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

I thought the fruit platter was a lovely way to show off all the wonderful types of fruit, and allow everyone to help themselves to the different sorts. You could also make fruit skewers, a big fruit salad, or even a 15-fruit smoothie! 

You may also like my fruity ‘tree’ challah recipe

fruity 'tree' challah for Tu' B'Shevat

 

And if you need more inspiration, take a look at my Tu B’Shevat Pinterest boardOr subscribe to get deliciously easy, family-friendly recipes and articles like this one delivered straight to your inbox. (I’ll never pass on your email address to anyone.)

However you choose to celebrate the New Year for Trees, I hope you have a  very happy Tu B’Shevat!

I’m entering this recipe into the Inheritance Recipes link-up, organised by Pebble Soup and Coffee & Vanilla.

11 Comments:

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  5. It looks amazing and would suit perfectly for the Inheritance Recipes challenge on my blog as well 🙂

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  7. Lucy - BakingQueen74

    What a beautiful fruit platter! and New Year for Trees sounds like an intriguing festival, love that idea

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