Date Honey

Date Honey (Sil'an)

Dr. Tova Dickstein

"A land of Milk and Honey' – Rabbi Eliezer says that 'Milk' is the milk of fruits, and 'Honey' is the honey of dates" (Mechilta d'Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, 13, 5)

Ingredients required:

1 kg (2.2 lbs) of dried dates
4-6 cups of water

Remove the pits from the dates
Place the dates in a pot and add the water
Cook for 20-30 minutes until the dates become a thick porridge
Allow the porridge to cool off
Place the date porridge into a cloth bag and squeeze it until it until a clear liquid comes out
Add more water to the bag, then repeat squeezing
Cook the date juice in an open pot over a low flame for 20-30 minutes
To chill. Transfer to a dry jar, cover and refrigerate