Tzimmes, tsimmes, and other spelling variants (Yiddish, Hebrew: צימעס) is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dish[1] 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). [2][3] The dish is cooked slowly over low heat and flavored with honey and sometimes cinnamon.[4]

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. [5]

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.[3]


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