Middle Eastern date desserts for Tu Bishvat

By FAYE LEVY, YAKIR LEVY
January 29, 2015 12:37
Istanbul market

Dates from Iran, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia at an Istanbul market; the most expensive ones are from Israel.. (photo credit: YAKIR LEVY)

 
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For celebrating Tu Bishvat, the “New Year of the Trees,” dates and desserts made from them are the perfect treats.

After all, the honey in the biblical Land of Milk and Honey was date honey. This land was “the land of Canaan located on the banks of the Jordan River, where date palms and date honey were abundant,” wrote Nawal Nasrallah, the author of Dates: A Global History.

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