Rosh Hashanah

A Taste of Things to Come

Traditionally, we dip apples into honey to ensure a sweet new year. A contemporary idea for celebrating this custom is to have a little tasting of several different kinds of apples and honeys on Rosh Hashanah. After all, with so many varieties of each available these days, it’s a simple way to try something new in honor of the new year. Read on for a few ideas on how to incorporate a tasting into your Rosh Hashanah get-together:

  • Have the tasting before dinner, as an appetizer or hors d’oeuvres course (to keep the dinner table uncluttered and so the first food that’s eaten on the new year can be something sweet)
  • Serve the tasting at your coffee table, kitchen counter, or any other area where your guests will be gathering prior to dinner
  • Cut up several varieties of apples, arrange them in small bowls, and place them in your tasting area (to keep apple slices from turning brown, sprinkle them with a little lemon juice). Indicate the apple variety on a small card next to each bowl
  • Set out several types of honey in your tasting area (Manischewitz offers 4 varieties: Orange Blossom Honey, Wild Flower Honey, Golden Honey, and Clover Honey)
  • Keep the honeys in their jars so guests can read the varieties on the labels. Place a small spoon in each jar to help dip the apple slices. Put an attractive, washable coaster under each jar to catch any drips
  • As an alternative to the honey jars, make apple serving bowls: cut off the top of apples, carefully scoop out their insides with a melon scoop, and fill with honey (don’t forget to indicate the type of honey on a small card next to each bowl)
  • Include a loaf of Challah with a knife and cutting board in your tasting area as guest will surely want to dip Challah into the delightfully sweet honeys too

Rosh Hashanah Shopping List

  • Candles
  • Challah (or ingredients to make own, such as yeast, sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, salt, flour)
  • Grape juice and/or Wine
  • Seltzer
  • Gefilte fish
  • Horseradish
  • Salad and salad dressing
  • Exotic Fruit
  • Apples
  • Honey
  • Honey Cake
  • Carrots and other ingredients for Tzimmes
  • Spinach
  • Ingredients for first course, such as soup
  • Ingredients for main course
  • Ingredients for side dishes such as rice
  • Ingredients for dessert
  • Condiments
  • Cooking spray
  • Tea and coffee
  • Flowers for centerpiece