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The Esrog has been an important part of Jewish history for hundreds of years. They are selected for their beauty, dimensions, and tactile feel. There use dates back to biblical times.
The main use of the esrog is during the holiday of Sukkot. Sukkot is a seven day festival that honors spring, harvest, and agriculture. It grew out of strong Jewish traditions combining with more general spring rites and harvest festivals. During these festival people ate esrogim along with other bounty from the land. The etrog was also admired for its beauty and pleasant smell. Some people even believed that the esrog has medicinal value.
The etrog is enjoyed today for many of the same reasons. People keep them around the home because they are so aesthetically pleasing. Other use them to craft culinary creations like etrog jam or etrog cupcakes. Some even create etrog infused liquor for celebratory imbibing. Even the tree the etrog grows on is prized for its beauty. Many people keep them in the home and tend to them over the course of many years. It is hard work but it’s a labor of love.
The etrog is as ancient as the Jewish people. Some scientists believe it to be the oldest citrus fruit in existence. They are studying it genealogy to see if perhaps all citrus fruits evolved from etrog plants. Read more about the etrog right here on the MyEsrog Blog.