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Fall Is for Freaky Fruit® Season!

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This year, things are getting back to normal! Trick-or-Treaters will be in full costume, ringing doorbells and looking for treats. Colors are changing to browns, golds, oranges, and new seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables are available to warm our kitchens. Fall leaves and decorations begin appearing, and the warmth of winter will soon follow. Freaky Fruits® are starting to make their appearance in markets and homes nationwide, just in time for Halloween; squash, Kiwano melons, kiwi, Buddha's Hand, passion fruit, and more.

October 31 is one of the most anticipated holidays of fall. In past years, millions of Americans spent October 31 dressing up in funny, scary, and realistic costumes, eating candy and fun treats after gathering them from homes in the neighborhood. There are many stories about Halloween, some religious and others superstitious. Melissa's thinks of Freaky Fruit® for Halloween; they are fun to eat and healthy too!

Visit our Freaky Fruit® page for ideas on how to create spooktacular recipes for your next Halloween gathering.

The Jewish High Holy Days are observed during the ten days between the first day (Rosh Hashanah) and the 10th day (Yom Kippur) of Tishri, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the most important of all Jewish Holidays and the only purely religious holidays, as they are not related to any historical or natural event. This year, Rosh Hashanah starts on September 25 at sundown and concludes on September 27 at sundown.

Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most solemn day of the Jewish year and is observed on the tenth day of Tishri. This year, it starts on October 4 at sundown and concludes on October 5 at sundown. It is a day of fasting, reflection and prayers. "May you be inscribed in the Book of Life" is the common greeting during this period, as it is believed that on Rosh Hashanah, the destiny of all mankind is recorded by G-d in the Book of Life. On Yom Kippur, the Book is closed and sealed. Those that have repented for their sins are granted a good and happy New Year.

High Holy Day Fruits and Vegetables
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Most of the foods eaten during Rosh Hashanah represent a sweet future: Carrots, Raisins, Apples, Sweet Potatoes, Pomegranates, Prunes and Honey.
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These are some of the more popular items eaten, as nothing should be sour or bitter: Leeks, Onions, Beets, Turnips, Quince, Gourds, Anise, Pumpkins and Zucchini.
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Some other items used in preparing traditional Rosh Hashanah dishes are Squash, Yams, Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Nuts, Grapes, Plums, Lemons, Cucumbers, Potatoes, Herbs, Pineapples and Apricots.
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Our Beets, Leeks, Lentils and Potatoes are some convenient holiday essential ingredients in ready-to-go packages. These will save you time and make your recipes delicious!

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