Tu B'Shevat many people eat many different types of fruit. Growing up and continuing until today there seems to be a Minhag to specifically eat (bukser) carob. Is there some sort of special connection between carob and Tu B'Shevat?

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    It's got a loooong shelf life. – Seth J Jan 23 '13 at 14:25
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    ...and hence can travel to Europe from Israel by boat. – Double AA Jan 23 '13 at 17:09
  • I was told that in Poland before the war, a Pineapple was the prized fruit to get for Tu b'Shvat -- and that it cost an average person a week's salary (to those who could afford it). – Curiouser Jan 23 '13 at 17:15
  • @Curiouser but pineapples grow on bushes, not trees. – Charles Koppelman Jan 24 '13 at 23:29
  • Offhand, I just think it's to accommodate eating a new fruit so one can say "shehechiyanu". Although, I have no idea why there is any requirement or minhag to eat new fruits at all on Tu B'Shevat. And, why not give preference to one of the 7 species (how often do U.S. people eat pomegranates or figs, etc.) There is a somewhat well-known story about Choni the circle-maker and the carob tree. (See summary at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honi_ha-M'agel.) Maybe this has some connection? – DanF Feb 9 '17 at 18:25

See this link to chabad who explains this well. http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1109802/jewish/Why-Eat-Carob-on-Tu-BShevat.htm

There are more reasons,but have to find them.

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