Edible Art for Tu Bishvat

New crafts for celebrating the birthday of the trees.

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Tree Sculptures

-    Large variety of fruits: colors, sizes, types
-    Sturdy knives, spoons, toothpicks

Create sculptures from fruit that look like trees. You can use the toothpicks (which are made of trees, too!) to fasten the pieces of fruit to one another. Depending on the age and abilities of the sculptors, you may pre-slice the fruit in a variety of shapes. You may want to have a selection of photographs and paintings of trees on hand in order to consider the variety of tree types, shapes, and sizes.

Coconut Finger Paint

-    Variety of fruit: raspberries, blueberries, kiwis, mangoes, plums (make sure to have at least three different colors)
-    One small bowl for each type of fruit
-    Cans of coconut milk or coconut cream (make sure it's not 'coconut water')
-    Optional: Maple syrup for extra sweetness

In a blender or food processor, blend the coconut milk with each type of fruit to create various colored "paints." Use one can of coconut milk for each cup of fruit. Add maple syrup to taste.

Put each paint in its own bowl. Cover an area of the table with wax paper and apply paints with your fingers, or use large cookie sheets for your painting. You can also use this paint to decorate your platters of fruit and nuts, your tree sculpture, or your new kiddush cup.

Let's Eat!

These beautiful works of art are meant to be enjoyed. Gather with friends and family, say some blessings, and enjoy the "fruits" of your labor.

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Sarah Chandler

Sarah Chandler is the Director of Jewish Family Learning & Life at West End Synagogue, A Reconstructionist Congregation in Manhattan. She has her M.A. in Jewish Education and Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary. She is also a senior editor of Jewschool.com and Director of Programming for Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture.