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If I put grapes, apples, strawberrys, watermelons, and other fruits and vegetables, as ingredients, in a smoothie, what bracha do I make, because its filled with foods of different brachos?

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Please do not use this site to decide halachic questions. –  Barry Apr 15 '10 at 20:33
    
i am not making a smoothe! i almost thrue up last night and i got no sleep rebbie! –  Carrot monster Apr 15 '10 at 20:34
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Refuah Shelaimah! –  Yahu Apr 15 '10 at 20:43
    
Barry, see the last section of lo.yodeya.com/2010/01/more-from-linkedin-what-if-crowd-is.html –  Isaac Moses Apr 15 '10 at 21:25
    
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"When a person squeezes fruit to extract its juices, he should recite the blessings shehakol beforehand and borei nephashoth afterward."- Hilkhoth Brakhoth 8:2 M"T

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Yes, but I think a smoothie is made by processing (pureeing, or something) the entire fruit. The question should perhaps clarify. –  msh210 Aug 7 '12 at 6:13
    
Why would that not be extracting a juice, isnt puréeing just a process of liquefying? Apple juice is made my puréeing and separating, from what ive been told you should say shehakol on that. Or does it literately need to be puréed and have a clear separation of the solid from the liquid to be considered juiced? now im confused –  Qoheleth Aug 7 '12 at 6:45
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@Qoheleth When you're squeezing the juice out of the solid fruit, then you definitely say shehakol/borei nefashot. When making a smoothie, though, the entire fruit is put in the blender and the solid parts of the fruit get liquified and mixed in with the juice. This is different from juicing where the solid parts are then discarded or eaten separately. –  Daniel Aug 7 '12 at 14:07
    
BS"D Ok so the legal definition of juicing one must have a clear separation of solid and liquid in order for shehakol is what you are saying? im still little confused as to why turning a entire fruit into a liquid for its juice doesnt fall into this category, logically I get the difference but im not to sure where thats derived biased off of the Rabbanim if someone can help me out. –  Qoheleth Aug 8 '12 at 1:08
    
@Daniel, Qoheleth: An interesting test case would be if you blended grapes: would the bracha be hagafen like squeezing or is it haetz/shehakol like regular fruit? –  Double AA Aug 8 '12 at 3:40
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While this is highly disputed (see Shalom's answer), R. Yitzchak Abadi (Ohr Yitzchak II OC §77) holds that something which is commonly squeezed / mashed up etc. retains its beracha even after its original form is not discernible. With regard to mixtures, the correct beracha is established in these cases by whatever the greater part of the mixture is.

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I seem to recall it making a difference if these specific fruit were grown for mushing or not (eg. oranges grown just for juicing). –  Double AA Aug 8 '12 at 3:39
    
@DoubleAA See the copy of the teshuva I linked. –  Dov F Aug 8 '12 at 8:04
    
@DoubleAA I think Rabenu Yeruham (the Rishon) holds like that. –  Hacham Gabriel Sep 2 '13 at 0:53
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If it's all mushed-up enough that you can't tell what it is anymore, the bracha becomes "shehakol." You only say "thank you Hashem for this fruit" (or vegetable) if it still looks like a piece of fruit or vegetable.

Even something like applesauce; it can be made of 100% apples (their bracha is "ha'etz", they're a fruit), but if the applesauce is pureed enough that there are no chunks of apple, the bracha is "shehakol."

If you have a fruit salad where you can see different pieces, some of which are "ha'etz" (like apples) and some are "ha'adama" (like watermelon), then make separate brachos on each. While there are many exceptions, usually you make the "ha'etz" before the "ha'adama."

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