Tzimmes, tsimmes, and other spelling variants (Yiddish, Hebrew: צימעס) is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dish in which the principal ingredients are diced or sliced carrots or yams, often combined with dried fruits like prunes or raisins. Some cooks add chunks of meat (usually brisket).  The dish is cooked slowly over low heat and flavored with honey and sometimes cinnamon.
Tzimmes is often part of the Rosh Hashanah meal, when it is traditional to eat sweet and honey-flavored dishes. The round slices of carrot bring to mind gold coins, symbolizing the hope of prosperity in the year to come. 
The name may come from the German words zum (for) and essen (eating). Some say the word is a corruption of the word 'simmer.' "To make a big tzimmes over something" is a Yinglish expression that means to make a big fuss, probably because of all the chopping, mixing and stirring that go into the preparation of the dish.
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