Spiced Walnuts for Tu B’Shevat


Tonight is Tu B’Shevat – the New Year for the Trees.  It is traditional to eat tree fruits (which include nuts) on Tu B’Shevat.   There is also a tradition of eating the seven species of food native to Israel, but that will have to wait for next year’s post.  For now, here are a few of the foods we used to celebrate:

We made  coffee macadamia nut biscotti to give as gifts…

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An almond date smoothie for energy…

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An edible fruit bowl for Cam (grapes/raisins are considered tree fruits for Tu B’Shevat)…

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And spiced walnuts as a snack…

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These walnuts are delicious, spiced with cumin, coriander, and cayenne pepper but sweetened with honey and sugar.  I made a double recipe, because they don’t stay around for long.

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This is not a local dish here, but all the ingredients are local in Iran, perhaps I will make it for my family there next time I visit.

Spiced Walnuts

from Whole Living magazine ( Marthastewart.com/130647/spiced-walnuts)

1 Tbsp honey

2 tsp olive oil

2 cups walnut halves

2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp coarse salt

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions

In a large nonstick skillet, heat honey, oil and 1 Tbsp water over medium heat.  Add walnuts, toss to coat.

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Sprinkle the sugar, salt, cumin, coriander, and cayenne over the nuts.  Cook, tossing and stirring until the nuts are well coated and lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes.

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Transfer to a baking sheet to cool completely.

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Enjoy!

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Makes 2 cups.

Categories: Jewish Holiday, Kosher, Recipe, Vegetarian | Tags: | 6 Comments

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6 thoughts on “Spiced Walnuts for Tu B’Shevat

  1. Everything you shared (including your photos) sounds just wonderful. How long will the spiced nuts keep? I was thinking they would be good with some Greek yogurt for breakfast.
    Thank you for sharing with us!
    Allison

  2. Lovely! I caramelise and spice mine with jaggery x

Let me know what you think of this post, and if you try the recipe, please let me know how it was and any suggestions you have. Thanks, Andrea

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