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  • What blessing would one make on leaves from [woody] trees that are routinely eaten? Is it ha'eitz, because they came from a tree? Is it ha-adama, because they're not "fruit" but are vegetative? Is it shehakol, for some other reason?

  • Are there any examples of leaves from [woody] trees that are routinely eaten? If so, do any halachic sources discuss what to make on them?

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This post won weekly topic challenge 5772-17 (week of Yisro 5772)! Congratulations! – msh210 Feb 16 '12 at 21:35

The Shulchan Aruch OC 202:6 discusses the bracha on a caper bush[1]. The caper has multiple edible parts including leaves and berries. The Shulchan Aruch says the berries get a HaEtz because they are the main fruit ("Ikkar HaPeri") and the leaves get a HaAdamah. The Shaar HaTziyun sk 41 says the reason the leaves still get a HaAdamah is because the capers were planted for their leaves as well. He says that when people do not plant the capers for the leaves at all but solely for the fruit than the leaves revert to SheHaKol.

So in short, if the leaves are the main fruit of the tree they get a HaEtz. If they are not the main fruit but still an intended benfit of planting the tree, they get a HaAdamah. If they are completely unintended, they get a SheHaKol.


[1] Capers are a common plant in parts of Israel and were often cultivated for their fruits. One famous caper-farmer is the Tanna Elazar HaKappar. (see:here)

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According to the shulchan aruch harav capers are hoadomo too, being that they are planted for their leaves too.

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What does this add to my answer? – Double AA Jan 12 at 17:44
    
@DoubleAA ... well, I guess it's an additional citation: not only does SA hold that way, but SAH does, too! And not only does MB give that reason, SAH does, too! Seems not a very useful answer: −1. – msh210 Jan 12 at 17:55
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@Ew92 welcome to MiYodeya. Maybe you didn't see it but that question already had an answer. In that case the practice is to only post a new answer if it adds a different perspective or additional sources to the existing question(s). Alternatively if you want to comment on the existing answer, you can do so. Hope you will stick around, seems there is much knowledge you can contribute – mbloch Jan 12 at 18:16

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