Actually there is a debate in Orach Chayim 622:1 between the Sefardi and the Ashkenazi practice (as pointed out by DoubleAA in comment):
למנחה אומר אשרי ובא לציון ואין אומרים ואני תפלתי אפילו אם חל להיות בשבת:
הגה: ואין אנו נוהגין לומר אשרי ובא לציון קודם מנחה רק קודם נעילה וכן כתבו קצת רבוותא (מרדכי והגהות מיימוני סוף ספר אהבה וסוף הלכות יום ...
I recently learned Mikvaot for the MiYodeya 10-year siyum Mishnayot and noticed artscroll there explains
The study of the [seventh chapter of Mikvaot] is considered especially
meritorious, because the first letters of the last four Mishnas spell
neshama (soul) at the end of the chapter [R Yitzchak Isaac of Komarna]. It is therefore customary to study ...
Rav Reisman is quoted as answering the question here
Rav Yisroel Reisman (Ki Savo 5775) offers a beautiful insight which
provides a brilliant perspective for life. Date honey generally
doesn’t take much effort to obtain, as the sweet nectar often flows
out of the fruit and coats each one with a sweet and sticky outer
layer. On the other hand, bee ...
According to Levush [O”Ch 583] honey is a custom of Ashkenaz. Apparently, when the custom developed, date honey was not available. In fact, since dates are one of the symbolic foods for Rosh Hashana [Krisus 6a] it is possible that the custom of eating honey was a substitute for dates.
Some explain bee honey as symbolizing turning the harshness of last ...