Happy New Year to the Trees with More Pickled Veggies!

This is a re-post, Beautiful People. Tomorrow is Tu b’Shvat, the New Year of the Trees in the Hebrew Calendar, and I thought this post was worth repeating.

We are celebrating yet another New Year – the New Year of the Trees. In the old times, in ancient Israel, this day, 15th of the month Shevat, or Tu b’Shvat in Hebrew, was celebrated as the earliest day when trees started bearing fruit. Later on, during the Middle Ages, the great Kabbalist Rabbi Issac Luria, known as the Arizal, invoked the biblical phrase “man is a tree of the field” (Deuteronomy 20:19) and instituted a symbolic and intensely spiritual celebration. On this day, we eat fruit, especially the kinds of fruit originated from the Holy Land, and reflect on the meaning of Tree of Life.

Related imageOur Tree, by a renown sculptor Jacques Lipchitz, presents our forefathers: Abraham as the root of the tree, Isaac as the strong trunk of it, and Jacob, from whom sprung the beautiful branches of the entire humanity. I was privileged to be inspired by this masterpiece day after day, as I entered the South Campus of Florida International University, where I taught for many years. It is one of the gems of FIU Sculpture Park collection, started by Martin Margulies, that constitutes an important part of the Frost Art Museum, the only free museum in Miami (do not skip this experience, Beautiful People, if you ever come to South Florida!).

Having escaped the Russian revolution, young Chaim Jacob Lipchitz burst upon the artistic scene in Paris, where he befriended, among others, Pablo Picasso and Amadeo Modigliani. This is a portrait of Jacques and his wife Berthe by Modigliani, now held by the Art Institute of Chicago. Lipchitz was lucky to have escaped again, right before the Nazis’ occupation of Paris, and the United States got lucky to welcome an illustrious artist. He lived a long and productive life and was buried in Jerusalem. His villa Bozio in Tuscany has been donated to Chabad Lubavitch, and now hosts a thriving annual summer camp. Our tree, with its beautiful branches, is bearing fruit!

Today, the New Year of the Trees is celebrated as the day of ecological awareness, and the new tradition is to plant trees, as a part of the celebration. As you listen to this exuberant rendition of Vivaldi’s Primavera (the Spring part of his Four Seasons), please take a moment to read a poignant short story by one of my students, Kevin Behshid, who writes in English, although it’s not even his first of second language (I think I’ve lost count of Kevin’s languages at some point).

Little Sparrow

 The shadow was tall, and passing of time made him humpbacked. He was at a small lake.

Breeze was playing with his arms and changing his senile face in the water. He looked at himself on the water of the lake and remembered all the times that he had come there and had watched himself for many years. Two hundred years had passed. He remembered when he was strong, big, and not curved. He had been marvelous home for many tired creatures and heaven for many birds. He had been witnessed of many happy lives. Shadow stooped and disappeared.

    Little, young sparrow was watching the shadow, and many other shadows came to the lake for the last goodbye. Little sparrow felt alone; he was thinking about his family’s happiness that was faded. He remembered how he was playing with the shadow by making the ripples on the water of lake. They were hundreds of creatures that were living in that oasis. All days of jumping, playing, and laughing with his siblings are gone; he was so alone. He couldn’t accept going to another lake.

   The sun came up, but there was not any shadow anymore. All the old big trees had been cut by the woodmen. Very soon, lake couldn’t stand to miss her friend shadows, and she disappeared.   Little sparrow had no home and no hope. He forgot his dreams; he submitted to his destiny. Dry sands that left from the little lake is the grave of the little sparrow cadaver now.

Little heaven became a big desert like hell*.

*In many countries, many lands are devastated by removing the jungles.

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Today, in addition to fresh fruit, I have pickled greens on my table. This colorful bunch is Mangold, AKA Swiss Chard, AKA simple beet greens. You’ve already met it here, and my favorite purple friend Melinda of http://www.purpleslobinrecovery.com has already asked for “womangold.” Let’s see if we can make some!

mangold and kale 2 (2).jpgMangold is joined by “superfood,” fresh beautiful kale, stems and all. Together, they undergo the icing, salting, and rinsing procedure described here.

mangold and kale 3.jpgBoth luscious leafy veggies will happily mix and mingle in a glass, ceramic, or enameled container. Do not bruise them with a knife, G-d forbid, and do not use metal or wooden containers – naturally fermented foods don’t like it! You can tear the leaves and stems into pieces as large or as small as you prefer, and you can also throw in as much garlic as you like. Dissolve sea salt in boiling water and cover your pretty greens with this solution.

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That’s it! Cover, put in a warm place for a couple of days, and you’ll have delicious and extremely healthy “womangold” to tickle your taste buds, enhance the beauty of your holiday table, and hopefully, make you realize our duty, as the branches of the Tree of Life, to preserve our environment.

Happy New Year to the Trees and the rest of our Creator’s green goodness! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bunch of Mangold / Swiss Chard or leafy part of 3 – 4 beets
  • 1 bunch of green kale
  • Peeled garlic cloves to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 3 cups of boiling water

PROCEDURE

  • Tear Mangold and kale into pieces, including stems, place in pickling container. Cut garlic cloves into halves lengthwise, add to greens.
  • Dissolve sea salt in boiling water, pour over greens. Cover, position in warm place, but not direct sun.
  • Taste after 2 – 3 days, refrigerate when ready.

Enjoy!

52 Comments Add yours

  1. chattykerry says:

    Happy New Year of the Trees!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Kerry!

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  2. Thank you so much for this information, and the lovely pickled vegetables!

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    1. Always my pleasure, dear Dorothy, and I thank you for a lovely comment!

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  3. Garfield Hug says:

    A good informative post. Glad you reblogged this. Pickles sound refreshing to eat.

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    1. PIckles are good for your digestive health and are so easy to make!
      Thank you for stoppng by, darling.

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      1. Garfield Hug says:

        Yes…kimchi is supposedly full of probiotics!

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      2. It is, and so are all the other naturally fermented pickles.

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  4. The pickles look so tasty. Happy Tu Bi’Shvat! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Ronit! Same to you!

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  5. A blessed New Year of Trees to you!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mimi, and many blessings to you and yours, and the whole world!

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  6. Fascinating as ever, Dolly

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    1. Thank you so much, Derrick.

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  7. Hey..I have nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award..please do check out the link:
    https://myartenthusiastics.wordpress.com/2021/01/28/awards-tags-and-announcement%e2%9c%a8/

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    1. Congratulations on the award, dear Sakshi! I am honored by your nomination, but I must ewspectfully decline. I truly do not have time, and sometimes I don’t even get to read the blogs I follow or to create my own. Good luck blogging!

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      1. Thank you for your kind reply… it’s completely okay with me…keep Blogging 👍😊

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      2. Thank you for understanding, darling!

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  8. I love your dishes. They are such a beautiful compliment to the food you prepare. 🌿🌱🍃

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Gail! But this one is simple Depression Glass, not even crystal. I bought it because I liked the shape.

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      1. Depression glass, in my opinion, has character. I am also a fan of milk glass. 🍃💜

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      2. I agree about character.

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  9. -Eugenia says:

    Another wonderful post full of interesting information, Dolly. Happy New Year to the Trees! ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Eugenia; you are very kind!

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  10. ShiraDest says:

    But, but, but, chard and kale, picked or fresh, to not grow on trees, I guess?

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    1. That’s ok, darling; as long as I have some fresh greenery on the table, we still celebrate Tu b’Shvat.
      Much love,
      D

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      1. ShiraDest says:

        🙂
        Belated Chag Sameach!

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      2. Same to you, dear Shira, with big air hugs!

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  11. Rohvannyn says:

    So – synchronicity again. For what do I have bubbling and ruminating below my kitchen counter? A great huge jar (four gallons at least) of vegetables being pickled! No greens, but there are cucumbers, carrots, cauliflower, two kinds of pepper, and even some young impressionable zucchini. This along with my second ever batch of fermented sauerkraut! Thank you as always for the interesting and poignant history lesson.

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    1. Thank you so much for a lovely comment, dear Rohvannyn! Great minds do think alike: I also have a batch of sauerkraut fermenting right now, as well as a jar of cucumbers and a jar of cauliflower combined with carrots, celery, and dill stems. Getting ready to enjoy the weekend!

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  12. Yummy from the beginning of January to the end, and a tasty energizing reminder. Kosher are the best!

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    1. Thank you so much for a lovely comment, darling!

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  13. Charlee: “We’ve never seen a tree like that one, but still, we would totally climb it!”

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    1. We believe you, dear friend!
      Meows and Purrs form the Cat Gang.

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  14. CarolCooks2 says:

    You had me at pickles which we love.. Delicious Dear Dolly.. Love the beautiful poem we really must preserve the trees… Hugs x

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    1. Tghank you so much, darling! JHugs right back to you.

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  15. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    BEET TOPS MAKE GREAT CHOPS=!

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    1. LOL Love your sense of humor! Thank you so much for reblogging, dear friend.

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  16. WE LOVE YOUR COOKIES!!!!!!! CAME MONDAY—BY WEDNESDAY WE HAVE 2 EACH,,,LEFT! POETIC ACCOLADES COMING FORTH SOOB=!

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    1. You just made my day, my brother! I am soooo happy!

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  17. cookingflip says:

    Thank you for sharing “Our Tree” by Jacques Lipchitz, Dolly. I now have a context and understand better the “cultivated olive tree” (Israel) that St Paul was talking about in his letter to the Romans (Jews & Gentiles) in the Brit Hadashah. Blessings! 🌱🌴🌲🌳🏞️

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    1. Thank you so much for a thoughtful comment, darling!
      Many blessings to you as well!

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  18. Sorry, i am once again late, Dolly! I hope you had a nice celebrations. The sculpture is quite fantastic. Mangold i had not eaten, but now i will try. Have a beautiful weekend! Michael

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    1. No need to apologize, dear MIchael. I am also consistently late reading posts and answering comments; work takes priority. Thank you for a lovely comment. You too, have a wonderful weekend, dear friend.

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      1. 🙂 Thank you, Dolly! You too!

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  19. Christy B says:

    Happy 2021, dear Dolly@ Hope you are having a nice start to the year. Your food shares a wonderful 😍

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Christy, and a happy 2021 to hyou as well! Hope this year brings you and the entire world health, happiness, and peace.

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