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According to the OU, plain unground chia seeds are not kitniyot. Given that they're almost indistinguishable from poppy seeds, which are considered to be kitniyot, I'm puzzled as to why not.

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    Maybe you can explain why one might have thought they should be kitniyot?
    – Double AA
    Apr 18 at 22:40
  • They're almost indistinguishable from poppy seeds. Apr 19 at 0:40
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    – mbloch
    Apr 19 at 3:07
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    One thing that comes to mind is that we don't add new food to the traditional list of kitniot (which is often quoted in the context of quinoa). You will likely find this article by R Spitz enlightening. I am not familiar enough with chia seeds to see how they match the criteria for kitniot but you might.
    – mbloch
    Apr 19 at 3:18
  • A quick search shows that chia seeds were not used as food in Europe until the very late 20th century. Much of the basis of Kitniyos, as I understand it, is not confusion between items but inadvertent mixing due to packaging - e.g., reusing the same grain sacks for corn and wheat. But if chia was a really unusual item it would not have been (certainly not hundreds of years ago) packed in the same sacks as wheat in Europe - because it basically did not exist in Europe. Apr 19 at 17:23

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