11. Squash or Gourds
The Aramaic word for squash is kra similar in sound to the word tear (as in rip). While eating squash, the idea is that one hopes the Lord will tear up the record of all the bad deeds done in this past year.
Not every Rosh Hashanah food is intended to evoke sweetness or blessing. For example, eating leeks, or karti, is a wish that enemies or oppressors will be cut down: yikartu.