Apples and {Date} Honey

Did you know that most of the time, when the Bible speaks of honey it isn’t referring to honey from bees, but rather, honey made from dates? Dates (in the form of honey) are listed as one of the seven species of the Holy Land of Israel.

A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;  (Deuteronomy 8:8)

This year, I decided to make date honey to go with our apples for Rosh Hashanah. “Apple” in Hebrew is tapuach which is a heteronym of the word tafuach, which means bloated, distended, or swollen. Apples, therefore are known, at least by some within Judaism, as a representation of the ego. Honey from dates, signifies unification, because, as the sages teach, the date palm has “one” heart.

My deepest prayer for this new year is that we will transform our egos with the sweetness of the Spirit of unity and be bound together in His Love and Shalom.

Blessings and Shalom and a Happy New Year to you all!

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Ingredients:

1 cup pitted dates, (I used medjool)
1 cup cool water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Pour dates, water, and cinnamon into a small saucepan, making sure dates are completely covered (add additional water if necessary). Bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer 45-60 minutes or until dates are very soft and broken down. Stir occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat, and allow to cool slightly for about 15 minutes.
  4. Pour mixture (including liquid) into a blender or food processor and puree until completely smooth. Add water a tablespoon at a time till it is desired thickness.
  5.  Serve with apple slices. Store any remaining honey in a sealed container in refrigerator. (yeah, right, like that’ll happen!)