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The Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah - features apples and honey rather than champagne and fireworks. Like most New Year's celebrations, it is a joyous occasion, but just a bit more solemn. It is a time to reflect on the year that's ending and focus on bringing in a sweet new year.
Families gather for a holiday meal that always includes sweet foods, many of which are tied to the fall harvest. It is a custom to dip wedges of apple, for example, in honey, in hopes of a sweet year.
In addition to apples and honey, traditional Rosh Hashanah foods include roast chicken, beef brisket, kugel (a noodle casserole), sweet potatoes, carrots and prunes. Challah, a rich, slightly sweet, egg bread is also a part of the holiday meal and it, too, is dipped in honey. For Rosh Hashanah, challah isn't baked in its usual braided form but in a circle, another symbol of the cycle of the year to come. Honey cake and baked goods made with apples also are popular desserts for the two-day holiday.
It may be true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Studies show that apples are the most concentrated food source of flavonoids, a group of phytochemicals, natural substances that help protect against cancer and heart disease, and may block the ability of certain viruses to grow and spread. Much of the flavonoids' protection against cancer and heart disease seems related to their antioxidant power. Health experts say that if people eat five to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, flavonoid consumption could reach a healthy range.
Try these ginger-stuffed baked apples with honey for a happy, healthy new year dessert.
Ginger-Stuffed Baked Apples
Yield: Makes 4 servings.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
249 calories, less than 1 g. total fat (0 g. saturated fat), 65 g. carbohydrate, 1 g. protein, 5 g. dietary fiber, 34 mg. sodium