Along with other important customs, no Jewish celebration is complete without its traditional foods. And Rosh Hashanah is certainly no exception!

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Every year, as the Hebrew month of Tishrei approaches, Jews all over the world prepare to celebrate Rosh HaShanah, a.k.a. Jewish New Year.

The exact date of the holiday is the first day of Tishrei on the Hebrew calendar, which means on the Gregorian calendar it keeps changing a little bit. It’s usually around mid-September, though.

People traditionally observe Rosh HaShanah by praying in synagogue and having family gatherings, but just like in virtually every other Jewish celebration, food also plays a major role.

So here are five ideas for a sweet (and tasty) new year. Let’s start.

#1 Apples and honey

Everybody knows the traditional way of doing it – dipping a slice of apple in honey. While that certainly tastes good, there are many other creative ways of using these two sweet ingredients. You can bake a honey cake or an apple challah, or make chicken baked in honey.

#2 Dates

Apart from being delicious, dates are actually very rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. And they, too, can be used in a variety of holiday foods, such as cakes, meat dishes and bread.

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#3 Pomegranates

The indisputable symbol of the holiday, the pomegranate is one of the Seven Species desribed in the Torah as agricultural products unique to the Land of Israel. Some believe the apple in the Garden of Eden was actually a pomegranate. And it, too, can be used in cooking.

#4 Round raisin challah

This recipe is as delicious as it is simple. And it definitely upgrades the taste of the traditional challah.

#5 Sweet couscous salad

Ever considered adding dried fruits and nuts to this popular side dish, instead of the vegetables? Well, Rosh HaShanah is the perfect time to do so. You won’t regret it.