Pomegranate and Vanilla-Honey Parfait

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Food is never simply food on a Jewish table. Rather, it’s symbolic and carries meaning that goes beyond the sum of its parts. With Rosh Hashanah beginning in just a few days, we’ll be sitting down to tables full of meaning. This is especially the case with the New Year given that this holiday has the highest number of symbolic foods to grace its tables.

Among the many symbolic foods that are feasted on during Rosh Hashanah, apples and honey have to be two of the most recognizable food symbols of the holiday, with their sweetness serving as a hope for a sweet year to come. The custom of associating apples with Rosh Hashanah was thought to have developed in France around the 12th century and subsequently spread to other countries in Europe, while the custom of dipping apples into honey was first recorded in the 14th century.

A piece of apple dipped in honey is a simple pleasure whose endurance over the centuries is a statement to its significance. There will no doubt be apples at my own Rosh Hashanah celebrations (how could I not include a dessert full of apples and spices?!), but I wanted to make a dish that incorporated pomegranates, another fruit that holds a lot of meaning within Jewish tradition.

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