Tu B’Shevat spikes dry fruit sales in Israel by 50%

Caption: Dried fruit and nuts, traditionally eaten on Tu B'Shevat. Credit: Gilabrand via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) The 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.

Posted on January 16, 2014 .