Why are we encouraged to give fruit hampers as gifts during this time of year?
On this festive occasion Jewish people are encouraged to observe the days of “feasting and gladness, and sending portions of food to one another”
This refers to the mitzvah (good deed) of mishloach manot – literally meaning the “sending of portions”.
A Purim basket or hamper consists of at least two different types of ready to eat food and /or drinks.
Although mishloach manot can be delivered personally it is customary to deliver the food packages through a third party.
While the halacha (law) only obliges for the giving of two food gifts to one friend those that are able to give Purim baskets to more than one person are encouraged to do so and are called praiseworthy.
Fresh fruit and wine as well as pastries were used in the very first Purim festival meal and have remained the popular choice for gift hampers to this day. Fruit are ready to eat requiring no preparation and are a healthy option.
Here at The Fruit Man we encourage a world of inclusiveness. This giving of gifts is not limited to Jewish people alone. Perhaps you have clients that you wish to show your appreciation? Sending a royal gift hamper will increase and promote your feelings of goodwill and show them appreciation.
It’s a beautiful way to introduce others to the beauty of our culture. Fresh fruit hampers will be enjoyed by everyone – regardless of age or background.