This time of year, Blossomland gets into the honey business big time!
Not only is the traditionally the time that spring and summer harvests of honey
are coming off the hive, but it is the time of year honey has great traditional
significance for our Jewish friends.
The Jewish High Holy Days are observed during the 10 day period between
Rosh Hashanah, September 16, 2012 (5773)
and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated the
first and second days of Tishri, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. Yom
Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most solemn day of the Jewish year and is
observed on the tenth day of Tishri, which falls during the months of September
and October on the Gregorian calendar.
Honey and apples have traditionally been the foods used to celebrate the
Jewish New Year and to begin the high holiday season with sweetness and
blessings. On the first night of Rosh Hashanah, challah (traditionally round
loaf of bread) is dipped into honey and a blessing is offered over the challah.
Then apple slices are dipped into honey and a prayer asking God for a sweet
year is offered. Slices of apple dipped in honey are often served to Jewish
children – either at home or in religious school - as a special Rosh HaShanah
We are pleased to supply honey both for the baking of the traditional
lekach (honey cake), traditionally distributed by the rabbi or shamash of the
synagogue for Yom Kippur. Many of our
Jewish customers will order our honey sticks as gifts to be offered during the
For those interested in experiencing these tasty traditions, you might
want to check out cookbook author Joan Nathan’s website for recipes including
some from her newest cookbook Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for
Jewish Cooking in France at joannathan.com.
We have also added recipes for:
Magical Honey Cake
Between now and August 15, Blossomland is accepting orders of honey sticks at the special
price of $14.25 per 100 ct with a 300 ct. or more order for
individuals and religious institutions and organizations.