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What's the correct Brocho to say on Hearts of Palm?

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According to the Star K the proper Bracha is The proper Bracha is Ho'etz.


The Sefer V’zot Haberacha’s ruling is that they are Ha’adoma

Rav Bodner of the Laws of Brochos makes a distinction between cultivated and wildly grown. According to him, hearts of palm that come from Brazil are wildly grown and would receive a Shehakol, while hearts of palm from Ecuador are cultivated and would receive a Ha’adoma.

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Sorry YS I did not see your second link! – Yahu Jun 22 '10 at 2:35

While it is true that the Shulchan Aruch cited by Alex says to make a shehakol, the reasoning given in the mishna berurah is using outdated metzius, since hearts of palm is an industry where trees are specifically planted to harvest the fibers. Although I have no source, I would venture to say it is haetz since that is the only produce that the farmers intend on harvesting from the tree and thereby becomes its main fruit, despite the fact that the tree may have the potential to grow other fruits.

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That's odd?! I thought hearts of palm are not a fruit of the tree, rather they are an actual part of the tree itself. Why would Pri Haeitz be appropriate? – Yahu Jun 22 '10 at 2:13
On second thought check out my answer. – Yahu Jun 22 '10 at 2:17
Yahu, I can't find your answer. Are you asking a lashon kasha? Peri just means that it is edible as a food. It need not be a separate product given off by the tree to be called peri. A raya to this is the Rosh's psak that smelling cinnamon (which is bark) gets a "reiach tov lepeiros". The mashmaos of the reasoning for our psak (to make atzei besamim) is that cinnamon is not a besem leachila (its an enhancer). – YDK Jun 22 '10 at 5:24
Shkoach for the Rosh Psak – SimchasTorah Jun 22 '10 at 10:10
YDK I removed my answer since I discovered it was the same link as YS's second link. – Yahu Jun 23 '10 at 0:00

Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 204:1) says Shehakol. Mishnah Berurah (ibid. :9) explains that even though it grows from the ground (and thus by rights ought to be Ha'adamah), it is downgraded because "people don't plant a tree with the intention of eating this part when it's soft, since that prevents the branches from growing."

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