Food Symbols and Symbolism

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One of the most symbolic of all fruits, apples have held a central place in the traditions of many cultures.

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Badatz Kashrus Symbol

The Edah HaChareidis, (lit. "Haredi Community"), also known as the Edah for short and popularly as the Badatz, is a prominent Orthodox Jewish communal organization based in Jerusalem, Israel.

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First cultivated in Southeast Asia and New Guinea, the banana is now an important crop in many parts of the world. Although the symbolic meaning of the banana varies quite sharply from area to area, individual connotations can reveal important insights into the cultures from which they originate.

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BC Kosher

The BC Kosher emblem is an internationally recognized trademark of BC Kosher Supervision, one of the primary kosher certification agencies.

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British Egg Industry Council Symbol

The British Egg Industry Council is an organisation set up in 1986 to represent the British egg industry. It currently has 11 member organisations including the British Egg Products Association, the National Farmers Union and the British Free Range Egg Producers' Association. The BEIC operates the British Egg Information Service, which promotes the consumption of eggs to the public.

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Small yet succulent, cherries are an interesting fruit from a symbolic perspective. Separate and distinct from cherry blossoms, the fruit has its own set of meanings, many of which are starkly different from the flower that precedes it.

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Chicago Rabbinical Council Symbol

The Chicago Rabbinical Council (or cRc) is the largest regional Orthodox rabbinical organization in America, located in Chicago, Illinois.

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Usually associated with tropical climates, elaborate cocktails and high-calorie pastries, the coconut also has cultural symbolism on a more esoteric level.

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The cornucopia is an interesting symbol; from its basic appearance down to the smallest detail, no two specimens are exactly alike. At the same time their symbolic meaning (which doesn’t take much imagination to figure out) is always the same, wherever and whenever they appear.

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The cultivation of dates began over 5000 years ago, and the fruit is still an important foodstuff in many parts of the world. In terms of symbolism, the date has much in common with the fig, and aside from the fruit itself, date palm trees hold symbolic importance in their own right.

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EarthKosher symbol

EarthKosher is a kosher certification agency.

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As one of the oldest cultivated fruits in the world, the fig is a potent symbol in many cultures.

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Food safe symbol

The international symbol for food safe material is a wine glass and a fork symbol.

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Garlic is not popular with many people, since it possesses a rather pungent aroma that can linger around long after its preparation. This smell, however, is one of the primary factors behind garlic’s symbolic meaning, and the reason it has been held in high esteem for many centuries.

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The cultural importance of honey is based, in large part, on its sweet flavor. While some symbolic meanings of this foodstuff are easy to understand, others may come as quite a surprise.

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The Kitemark was originally conceived in 1903 as a symbol to identify products manufactured to meet British Standards' specifications. ‘Kitemark’ came from the kite shape of the graphic device which was drawn up – an uppercase B (for British) on its back, over an S (for standard), enclosed by two lines.

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Maize (Corn)

For many native peoples of the Americas, maize is one of the most prominent symbols found throughout their cultures. While commonly referred to as “corn” by many people today, in this article “maize” will be used exclusively to avoid any confusion.

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Juicy, sweet and a perfect messy handful, mangoes have been cultivated by humans for thousands of years. They have been a culinary staple in everything from spicy condiments to sweet pastries to alcoholic beverages, and their importance doesn’t stop there; the mango is a highly symbolic fruit, particularly in India, where it plays a role in numerous religious and cultural traditions.

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OK Kosher Symbol

The kosher symbol of OK (Organized Kashrut)

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Olives have been cultivated by Mediterranean peoples for at least five thousand years, and are still a major staple of cuisines in the region. This article will address not just the olive itself, but the oil produced from it and the tree from which it grows, since the symbolic meanings of all three are interconnected.

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When it comes to the culinary field, onions have a very mixed reputation; on the one hand they have served as an important foodstuff for thousands of years, and their natural pungency adds distinctive flavor to many dishes. On the other hand, onions are notoriously annoying to deal with since, when cut, they release gases that cause severe eye irritation and tearing, and this is sometimes enough to turn people away from them altogether. On the symbolic front, however, these same annoyances are part the reason why onions have been so valued by cultures throughout history.

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Orange (fruit)

This brightly colored citrus fruit was first cultivated in eastern Asia, and has since spread to many other parts of the world. While the fruit itself and its peel are used in a variety of culinary traditions, oranges are also imbued with several different symbolic meanings.

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Orthodox Union Symbol

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (UOJCA), more popularly known as the Orthodox Union (OU), is one of the oldest Orthodox Jewish organizations in the United States. It is best known for its kosher food preparation supervision service. Its circled-U symbol, Ⓤ, a hechsher, is found on the labels of many commercial and consumer food products.

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Peaches hold an exalted status in Chinese culture, where they are strongly associated with the heavens and with eternal life.

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The plum is an important symbol in parts of eastern Asia, where both the fruit and its flower carry significant meaning.

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The pomegranate is a fruit with a very long history, both as a culinary staple and as a cultural symbol.

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A restaurant (pron.: /ˈrɛstərənt/ or /ˈrɛstərɒnt/; French: [ʁɛʁɑ̃] ( listen)) is a business establishment which prepares and serves food and drink to customers in return for money.

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SEAL-K Kosher certification symbol

The seal of the kosher trust

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Star-D Symbol

Star-D Kosher Certification, also known as the Vaad Hakashrus of Baltimore, is a kashrus certifying agency based in Baltimore, Maryland under the administration of Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, with the involvement of many other rabbis (see list of rabbis).

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Star-K Symbol

Star-K Kosher Certification, also known as the Vaad Hakashrus of Baltimore, is a kashrus certifying agency based in Baltimore, Maryland under the administration of Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, with the involvement of many other rabbis.

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A popular ingredient in many cuisines, tomatoes have made quite an impact on the world ever since they spread beyond their homelands of Mexico and Central America. In terms of symbolism, the tomato shares qualities with many similar foodstuffs, but possesses a few features that are all its own.

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Triangle-K certification

Triangle K is a kosher supervision and certification organization under the leadership of Rabbis Jehoseph H. and Aryeh R. Ralbag.

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Perhaps more than any other grain, wheat has established a reputation as both a culinary staple and a cultural symbol. It has been cultivated since the very beginning of human history and today is one of the most widely grown crops on the face of the earth.

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