Rosh Hashana marks the Jewish New Year which falls out in two weeks. Thankfully, I am covered for most of the meals. On Rosh Hashana, we eat foods that symbolize good things we hope for in the coming year. Apples and honey hint of a sweet year, while fish hints at a prosperous year to come. Apples and pomegranates are some the many symbolic fruits that are featured in this fruit salad recipe. That is why I dubbed it as New Years Fruit Salad. The title is predictable but the flavors have a surprise factor. I purposely selected these ingredients as they give this fruit salad recipe a semblance of festivities. Sometimes, an Asian pear would be presented at our table. Our family tradition was to present and serve fruit that we normally don’t eat on a regular basis. An Asian pear, or a pyrus pyrifolia, is a cross-between an apple and a pear. This species of Asian pear is a pear tree species native to China, Japan, and Korea. Also known as apple pears, Asian pears are low-calorie fruit that are high in fiber and vitamins. This fruit’s skin is thin enough for eating the fruit raw like an apple, without peeling, but easily removed with a sharp paring knife to reveal creamy white flesh. You can also add in star fruit, dates, or walnuts if you prefer. I have included a lemon honey dressing for this fruit salad. A bit of ginger adds a nice touch as well. After all, given all that much of the time during the Jewish New Year holiday is spent either sitting in synagogue praying or sitting around the dining room table eating, it is a good idea to include salads on the Rosh Hashanah menu.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 3 Asian pears sliced
- 3-4 sour apples sliced
- 1 cup of pomegranate seeds
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of minced ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
Place all the ingredients in a salad bowl and toss. If not serving immediately, securely cover salad with plastic wrap so the fruit won’t oxidize.
Yields 4-6 servings