This article has a line in a recipe that suggests that chopping an ingredient will make it Kitniyoth. The entire recipe is below with the line in question highlighted:


From Shaya Klechevsky

½ medium Jicama, peeled
and julienned (slaw)
2 Granny smith apples (green),
1 small red cabbage, cut into
thin strips (slaw)
2 large carrots, peeled and julienned
1 medium red onion,
thinly sliced half-moon
½ bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
¼ cup dried apricots, chopped
¼ cup walnuts, toasted,
chopped (for those who eat kitniyot)
1 lemon, juiced
½ tsp Cayenne pepper
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt
black pepper
Combine the jicama, apples, cabbage, carrots, red onion and parsley and toss thoroughly to get an even mixture.
In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and olive oil and whisk. Adjust seasoning (salt and pepper). Set aside when ready to use.
Toast the walnuts in a skillet over medium-high heat until they begin to release their oil and the nutty aroma is released. Immediately transfer to a plate and allow to cool (about 10 minutes).
When ready to serve, add the chopped toasted walnuts and chopped dried apricots to the slaw and toss. Whisk the dressing and pour over the slaw and toss to evenly coat all the ingredients.

Is this a typo or editing mistake? Is there some reason this could be the case?

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    It likely is referring to the walnuts themselves, not the fact that they are chopped. But it's still strange, as walnuts are not kitniyot (as far as I know).
    – jake
    Mar 11 '13 at 19:22
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    Maybe he's confusing walnuts with peanuts, which some people are machmir not to eat.
    – jake
    Mar 11 '13 at 19:29
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    @jake, as of the publication of this article, some people are machmir not to eat [chopped] walnuts. It won't be long before you can't find Pesach products with walnuts in them, so as not to lose this segment of the market. Pecans better watch their backs.
    – Isaac Moses
    Mar 11 '13 at 19:37
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    my money is on a missing ingredient. There is nothing unaccounted for in the recipe but the recipe also does not say that chopping walnuts is optional. So my guess is that there is a missing kitniyot ingredient that was incompletely excised. This site feeds2.feedburner.com/atyourpalateblog doesn't have the reference
    – rosends
    Mar 11 '13 at 19:38
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    @IsaacMoses, Not to worry. It's only chopped toasted walnuts which are deemed kitniyot by this recipe. But I wouldn't be surprised if walnuts are excluded from all manufactured products just in case you should decide to apply heat to and/or apply a chopping or chopping-like procedure upon the product.
    – jake
    Mar 11 '13 at 19:39

If I recall correctly there were some concerns (at least a few years ago) with corn-derived preservatives or packaging materials with regards to some packaged nuts. It may not be "chopping the walnuts makes them kitniyot", but "your average bag of chopped walnuts bought at the store may have been treated with some kitniyot product."

But there are a zillion different customs out there of things people don't eat on Passover...

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    Interesting. A(ny) source here would help. +1.
    – Seth J
    Jul 8 '13 at 15:02
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    From the OU- "Raw nuts in their shell do not require Passover certification. Shelled nuts that list BHA or BHT (preservatives) in the ingredients require special Passover certification. They are sprayed on the nuts using corn derivatives (kitniyot)." oukosher.org/passover/guidelines/food-items/nuts
    – Yirmeyahu
    Jul 8 '13 at 15:49
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    @Yirmeyahu, btw, if you write your own answer, I'll delete mine so you can claim rep. I just wrote it so that other users wouldn't miss it if you were to delete your comment or if they skipped the comments sections of answers.
    – Seth J
    Jul 9 '13 at 13:17

To support for Shalom's answer that the issue isn't about chopped nuts being kitniyot per se, but rather kitniyot being used during the processing, we see from the OU-

"Raw nuts in their shell do not require Passover certification. Shelled nuts that list BHA or BHT (preservatives) in the ingredients require special Passover certification. They are sprayed on the nuts using corn derivatives (kitniyot)."



Chopping items cannot make them Kitniot otherwise the Poskim would mention it. After all, at what size is it chopped? halves? quarters? eighths? How would one make Charoset; only with chunks of apples?

But since jicama is a legume, it probably would have been classified as Kitniot, had our European ancestors heard of them. (Along with potatoes.)

  • My family doesn't use nuts in charoset. We're allergic.
    – Daniel
    May 9 '13 at 13:32
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    @DannySchoemann, it's a TUBER not a legume.
    – Shalom
    Jul 8 '13 at 14:46

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