Honey tasting can be as much of an art as wine tasting! Most honey from the supermarket is pasteurized and tastes the same.

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Honey tasting can be as much of an art as wine tasting! Most honey from the supermarket is pasteurized and tastes the same. Good raw honey though is varied and delicious! At this social event you can organize a variety of different honeys to taste and at the same time discuss some ideas surrounding the connection between honey and Rosh Hashanah.

Materials

Set Up

To set up for this event, arrange your foods on platters or plates for your guests to take. Have napkins and small plates set out for your guests to serve themselves.

A great pairing with honey is crackers and an assortment of cheeses. Make sure you have plenty of fresh water to clean the palate between the different honeys! Indulge your senses when tasting the honeys… notice the color, the smell, the texture, the density, and of course the flavor!

D’var Torah

Apples and Honey by Rabbi Berel Wein An Aish article on discovering the traditional origins and meaning of Rosh Hashanah’s most famous foods.

Discussion 

  • Apples are sweet and grow on trees, but honey which is even sweeter is produced by a bee that stings.
  • How do they symbolize different types of sweetness in our lives? Sometimes the sweetness and good in our lives is obvious like simchas and personal successes. Sometimes however, we face challenges that seem bitter yet they can bring out strength inside we didn’t know we had.
  • How can we tap into the message of the honey and find the sweetness in our lives during challenging times?

Even More

Why are there so many different apples? Check out this TEDed page to learn more.

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