A worker at the Park Slope Food Coop helps a customer cross the snowy street safely with her groceries.
What happens in Switzerland stays in Switzerland, at least when it comes to chocolate. Less than half the chocolate made in that tiny country escapes uneaten into the rest of the world. Yet it’s rare to find real made-in-Switzerland chocolate in the United States, despite the prevalence of Swiss-based brands such as Nestlé and Lindt.
Before arriving in Panama City with my husband and son last week, we spoke with friends who had made the trip, and they told us to get ready for the fruit. They were right. The tropical metropolis is overflowing with stunningly sweet pineapples, mangos, melons and guavas (and many other species I could not readily identify).
The seven species are pomegranate (above), grapes, dates, figs, olives, wheat and barley.
Dates, one of the seven species traditionally eaten on Tu B’Shvat, are represented in Deuteronomy (8:7-8) by their honey, called devash in Hebrew.