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January 16, 2014 2:59 pm

Tu B’Shevat Doubles Dried Fruit Sales in Israel

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Dried fruit and nuts on a platter, traditionally eaten on Tu B'Shevat. Photo: Gilabrand via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgThe Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce said that sales of dry fruit in Israel are set to reach 400 million shekels (about $115,000) for Tu B’Shevat, representing a 50-percent jump in monthly sales.

Typically, dry fruit and nut sales for the Jewish New Year for trees in Israel amount to about 13 percent of the 3 billion shekels in annual sales for those foods. About 50-70 percent of Israeli households buy extra dry fruits and nuts for the holiday—primarily dates and walnuts, although prunes, raisins, apricots, and almonds are also popular.

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