Seven species biscuits
Posted 26 June, 2014on:
Last Tu Bishvat, I organised a snack activity to tie in with the theme of the Seven Species, “shivat haMinim”. These are the grains and fruits listed in the Torah as being special products of Eretz Yisrael, the land of Israel: “a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates; a land of olive-trees and (date) honey”.
It’s not so easy to combine all these species into one child-friendly snack, so I cheated slightly by replacing olives with almonds (as almond trees blossom in Israel around the time of Tu Bishvat) and gluing the lot together with chocolate icing. It was delicious!! (We also offered the kids bread with olive oil for dipping, so no species was missed out.)
All you need is a packet of Malt biscuits (which contain both wheat and barley)
and some chopped up fruit (specifically: dates, dried figs, pomegranate seeds and sultanas) and slivered almonds
and a quantity of home-made chocolate icing (or something similar) to hold the fruit and nuts in place.
Spread the biscuit with chocolate icing, load up with date, fig, pomegranate, sultanas and almonds – some of the kids even made little pictures out of their toppings – and eat! This was so quick and easy to organise, and so popular, I can guarantee we’ll be doing it again.