Vegans have a hard time getting enough protein on Pesach.

Is the plant that grows from a kitniyos seed also kitniyos on Pesach?

What if the seed is still attached?

  • You mean like corn leaves? How would that be different from wheat leaves which are completely permitted to eat on Pesach?
    – Double AA
    Feb 27 '14 at 17:20
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    @DoubleAA Well, I did not know that. Maybe you can answer that with a kal vachomer and a source?
    – Adám
    Feb 27 '14 at 17:26
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    Not really relevant, but are kitniyos plants' leaves and stalks higher in protein than other leaves and stalks? I wouldn't have thought so.
    – msh210
    Feb 27 '14 at 18:40
  • @msh210 Maybe not.
    – Adám
    Feb 27 '14 at 19:08
  • I'm not sure why this question got down-votes. Some applications would be bean/alfalfa sprouts, mustard greens, fennel leaves/bulbs & anise leaves. I heard that some rabbis consider pumpkin seeds kitniyot, though I assume the pumpkin itself would be okay. Further afield would be the question (is it a question?) of buckwheat honey.
    – Ephraim
    Feb 27 '14 at 19:36

Certainly CYLOR for any practical halacha if someone is protein-deficient (though missing eight days likely won't be a make or break someone who has a relatively healthy diet for the vast majority of the rest of the year), this Pesach guide interestingly writes that dill and fennel seeds are considered kitniyos, but their leaves are not. That would seem to imply the author holds kitniyos leaves are not an issue. Although there are other things in his Pesach guide which I'm not sure the OU or STAR-K would agree with, Rabbi Larry Rothwachs certainly seems to be a talmid chacham based on his distinguished Rabbinic roles.

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