Ashure - Tu B'Shvat Dessert. Photography: Sara Sufrin
Ashure - Tu B'Shvat Dessert. Photography: Sara Sufrin
Recipe

Ashure – Tu B’Shvat Dessert

Muslims usually eat this delicacy on the holiday of Ashure. The Jews of Spain adopted the name and custom, because the ingredients of the delicacy are dried fruits and nuts

“Ashure” (pronounced in our country “Ashuri”) is actually a Turkish word that comes from Arabic, the Muslims usually eat this delicacy on the holiday of the same name.

The Sephardic-Jewish culture, which was heavily influenced by the Ottoman culture that surrounded it, adopted the name and the custom, because the ingredients of the delicacy are fruits that we are commanded to eat and bless on Tu B’shvat.

Some call the dessert “TRIGO” (“wheat”) because wheat is the main ingredient.

Some call it B’LILA (“at night”) and usually serve it in honor of a baby’s first tooth.

Another name for the holiday of Tu B’Shvat in the Ladino community is “La fiesta de las frutas” – “the festival of the fruits”.

As was the custom for many holidays, the children were given a special gift on the holiday eve: cloth bags (TLEGA) which they filled with a selection of dried fruits. At the end of the Seder Tu B’Shvat they used to sing the song – KOPLAS DE LAS FRUTAS – song of praise to fruit:

“The golden lupine has sprung
and said while dancing
‘I live in a cauldron
To the poor I am an ornament, I grew up on a farm
They say about me: Creator of the fruit of the earth’”

The carob jumped up and down
‘Don’t look at me stupid, growing selfishly in the height of the tree
Color like chocolate, it heals the intestine,
They say about me: The creator of the fruit of the tree'”

Ingredients for Ashure - wheat pudding

  • 1 cup wheat grains
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup Sugar or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon citrus blossom extract or good quality rosewater
  • dried fruit and/or nuts (nuts, apricots, raisins, etc.), chopped
  • cinnamon to garnish

Instructions

  • 1. Rinse the wheat and soak in plenty of water overnight.

  • 2. Strain the wheat, transfer to a pot and add 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, lower the flame and cook for about an hour while stirring until softened.

  • 3. Turn off the flame and add sugar to taste, citrus blossom extract or rose water and dried fruits. Transfer to serving plates and sprinkle with cinnamon to garnish.

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