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How do berry plants "die in the winter" compared to Ha'etz trees?

In Rema OC 203:2 one of the reasons given why we don't make Ha'etz on berries is because its shoots die during the winter and a new set of shoots and buds grow out from its roots during the summer, ...
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Pomegranates on Rosh Hashana

The Rema (583:1) codifies the custom of eating pomegranates on Rosh Hashana as a good siman for the upcoming year, while the Ben Ish Chai (Nitzavim 1:5) says to avoid tart fruits - like pomegranates ...
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Carbonating fruit on Shabbos

May one perform either of the following actions on Shabbos or Yom Tov? Placing fruit into a bin with dry ice, and closing the bin to force the carbon dioxide to sublimate into the fruit Connecting a ...
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Do Whole Vanilla Beans Need A Hekhsher?

Vanilla beans and their derivatives are commonly used in many dishes as a spice. The whole beans are available for purchase in stores and online. I understand that plain fruits and vegetables (when ...
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Eating bread with jam, then eats only jam, would he recite a shehakol?

If one is spreading jam on bread and eating it, and then eats only jam, without bread, would he make a shehakol on the jam, or would this be covered by the hamotzi?
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What bracha to make if ate mezonos and grapes but only bentched for mezonos?

Do we say Al Hamichiya again for the grapes or because sofek bracha lehakel, we omit the one for the grapes?
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Can one prune a fruit tree?

Can one cut down branches of a fruit tree but not necessary cut down the entire the tree? At what point does it become bal tashchis? Is there no limit to trimming if it doesnt "kill" the ...
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Link between the Land of Israel giving fruit when Jews living there and biblical Shmita?

Shemita (the prohibition to work the land every seventh year) is today observed in Israel as a rabbinic commandment. It will become again observed biblically when the majority of Jews will live in ...
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When to say shehecheyanu on a new fruit?

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 225:3 records that the custom is to recite the shehecheyanu blessing on a new fruit when one eats it. At what point precisely does one say shehecheyanu? Before reciting ...
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What would be an example of permitted vs prohibited cross-grafting with fruit trees?

I haven't studied Tractate Kilayim. I know you can't plant grapes with wheat. What about, say: Jazz apple = Royal Gala apple X Braeburn apple ? Nectarine = Peach X Plum ? Nectaplum = Nectarine X ...
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Are frozen organic blueberries kosher?

Do frozen organic blueberries require certification / checking for insects? Apparently, according to the CRC and Star-K, frozen blueberries should not need kosher certification. Is this also the ...
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How to understand וּמִמֶּ֖גֶד גֶּ֥רֶשׁ יְרָחִֽים - "the bounteous crop of the moons" and Rashi on Devorim 33 (14)

Devorim 33 (14) says וּמִמֶּ֖גֶד תְּבוּאֹ֣ת שָׁ֑מֶשׁ וּמִמֶּ֖גֶד גֶּ֥רֶשׁ יְרָחִֽים׃ With the bounteous yield of the sun, And the bounteous crop of the moons; Rashi says גרש ירחים [AND BY] THE ...
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What is the Beracha on Goji Berries?

What is the beracha on goji berries? I tried looking at websites online but I could not find it anywhere online.
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Why specifically a fig on shabbos?

Why is a dried fig specifically the quantity one must carry to be liable on Shabbos? I would have thought the size of something functional - an olive, egg, or even a barley corn - would be the ...
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Is fruit sold in bulk at the store kosher?

At some supermarkets / stores, there is a "bulk fruit" section. I'm not talking about selecting fresh fruit off of the shelf or "fruit island" as is seen in some stores, like where ...
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How could Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai eat from the carob tree?

The gemarah (Shabbat 33b) states that when Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and his son Rav Elazar were hiding in a cave a carob tree miraculously sprouted from which they ate. How could they eat from this ...
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Sucking a citrus fruit: Kaf Hachayim

The Kaf Hachayim, OC 202:63: ומיהו המוצץ משקה מן הפרי חשוב אוכל ומברך ברכתו הראויה לו ושיעורו בכזית לברך ברכה אחרונה. פר״ח בספרו מים חיים סימן ז׳ חס״ל אות י״ד. והיינו דוקא במוצצם ע״י לעיסה שנותנם ...
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Which produce is Kosher in Israel?

When one goes to a produce store or market in Israel, how does one know which stores he can buy from - that laws of trumah, ma'aser, orla, etc. have been done? Do the stores display a certificate? Are ...
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What brachot on date honey?

What bracha rishona and bracha acharona should be said on date honey?
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Checking strawberries with a magnifying glass

Most resources mention some type of process of rinsing with detergent etc. Can I just use a magnifying glass in order to see a potential bug? Also, why do the resources say to use soap or detergent.....
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Does one say "Shehecheyanu" on haadama fruit?

Does one say shehecheyanu on a new, seasonal haadama fruit? People have told me not to but is there a source for this?
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What does an olive press look like?

Mishna, Maasros 1:7:: הַשֶּׁמֶן, מִשֶּׁיֵּרֵד לָעוּקָה. אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁיָּרַד, נוֹטֵל מִן הֶעָקָל וּמִבֵּין הַמָּמָל וּמִבֵּין הַפַּצִּים, וְנוֹתֵן לַחֲמִטָּה וְלַתַּמְחוּי, אֲבָל לֹא יִתֵּן ...
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How do you check dates with pits on shabbos?

Dates may contain insects and should be checked before consuming (source). The only way to do this (that I am aware of) for dates with pits is to open the date and remove the pit to examine the area ...
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Where is there a rabbinic recipe for milk and honey?

Where is there a rabbinic recipe for milk and honey? Shir HaShirim 4:11 "honey and milk are under your tongue" דְּבַ֤שׁ וְחָלָב֙ תַּ֣חַת לְשׁוֹנֵ֔ךְ From this passage, which to me seems to suggest a ...
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Tu B'Shvat - Rosh HaShana L'Ilon / Shavuos - Yom Din L'Peiros

On Tu B'Shvat, which is Rosh Hashana L'Ilon, the new year for trees (Rosh Hashana 2a) – there is a custom to eat fruits of the tree. On Shavuos, which is Yom Din, judgment day, for fruits of the tree (...
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Shiur Brocha Achrona 2 different foods

If I eat less than a k’zayis of cake; and less than a k’zayis of grapes; do I make a brocha Achrona? And if I do; is it Borei Nefushois, or Ahl Hamichya V’ahl hu’aitz?
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Can one use a clove-studded etrog for havdallah?

I have seen a few people encrust their "used" etrog with cloves and smell this during the havdallah service. Is this permissible? The reason I think this is a problem: The bracha on smelling the ...
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Bracha for fruit that is part of the meal

Does fruit eaten as part of a bread meal (rather than as dessert) require its own bracha?
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Do Any Commentators Say Bananas were the 'forbidden fruit'?

In an effort to have more kavanah when saying a bracha I began to learn about fruits and vegetables common in my diet. I stumbled across an amazing book called: Banana - The Fate of the Fruit that ...
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Bracha while hiking in a scented forest

Lets' say one is a hiking in a forest which emits a combination of scents coming from mangoes as well as pine trees or other non-fruit trees. The scents are mixed. What blessing should one make? ".. ...
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What were the peiros Genosar?

In Brachos 44a there is a brief discussion of an apparently extraordinary type of fruit they call the peiros Genosar. The sages seemed to love it even though there were consequences after eating too ...
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Not eating peels of fruit

What is the source for people who always remove the peels of fruits before eating the fruit. I've seen some ultra-Orthodox Jews do this and I was told by one of them that it is not a kashrut issue due ...
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Should one make a blessing when smelling fruit / vegetable vapors?

From this site: The bracha one recites over a pleasant fragrance depends on its source. If the fragrance comes from a produce that is fit to eat, whether it’s the fruit of a tree or of the ...
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Is the use of the term "Glatt Kosher" a case of "Genivat Da'at"?

My understanding of the term "Glatt kosher" which I heard from 3 different mashgichim (kashrut supervisors) The term "glatt" means "smooth" and applies only to beef and lamb. (I would assume that it ...
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Is it permitted to make a Coconut Shell into a Kli (a cup) on Shabbos to drink out of it?

Is it an issue of creating a Kli (vessel) on shabbos? There is a prohibition of making a vessel out of food (The Rambam says making cheese is prohibited because of בנין) Is it considered a כלי ...
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Bracha on Coconut Wraps

What bracha would these be? The first ingredient is coconut meat. These are all of the ingredients: Organic Coconut Meat, Organic Coconut Water, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
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Eating olives at the house of a mourner

Eating olives at the house of a mourner is a custom among Sephardim. I think it is specifically a Morroccan custom. Is there a source or reason for this?
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Understanding Bereshit 1:30

Bereshit 1:30 says וּֽלְכָל־חַיַּ֣ת הָ֠אָרֶץ וּלְכָל־ע֨וֹף הַשָּׁמַ֜יִם וּלְכֹ֣ל ׀ רוֹמֵ֣שׂ עַל־הָאָ֗רֶץ אֲשֶׁר־בּוֹ֙ נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֔ה אֶת־כָּל־יֶ֥רֶק עֵ֖שֶׂב לְאָכְלָ֑ה וַֽיְהִי־כֵֽן׃ And to all the ...
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Is it required or allowed to make a שהחיינו on a highly seasonal variety of apple?

We live in a city with good shops and the majority of fruits and vegetables are available all the year round. For this reason, following Rabbinic advice, I do not make a שהחיינו on fruits. There is ...
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Al HaEitz on a Shehakol?

Should you make al haeitz after a food containing a kezayis of the 7 species if it was not recognizable as such (=got a bracha rishona of shehakol) and/or there was no briyah (complete fruit)? What ...
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Apples and Rubia

Why is it that Rosh Hashanah we make a Bracha Haetz on the Apple in Honey but no Hadamah is made on the vegetables IF THEY ARE both not directly part of the Seudah?
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Should one say "Shehechiyanu" on eating raw corn for the first time in the season?

This question mentions that a fruit or vegetable which is normally not eaten raw in one's area gets a bracha of Shehakol rather than ha'etz / ha'adama. There is a rule that when one eats a new ...
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Fruits and Vegetables Prepared With Treif Utensils

Can I eat e.g. a watermelon cut with a treif (non-kosher) knife on a treif cutting board and stored in a treif container?
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Are hydroponic produce typically checked for bugs?

I know that many soil-based fruits and veggies are checked for bugs. I assume that it may be primarily due to bugs that crawl on the ground or on the tree that causes this problem. Is hydroponic ...
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When Tu Bishvat falls out on Shabbos, when do we make the seder?

Many have the custom to make a seder for Tu Bishvat. When Tu Bishvat is on Shabbos as it is this year, when is the optimal time to make the seder? If as part one of the three Shabbos meals, which ...
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Terumot and Maasrot in Israeli Shuks

Ordinary Israeli fruit and vegetable stands do not carry teudah. Does the Israeli government ensure terumot and maasrot are taken at some point? For example, can one taste produce in Machane Yehuda or ...
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How do I determine kashrut status of fresh produce from Israel?

Fresh produce from Israel has all sorts of halachic concerns: Orla, Shemittah, Terumot and Maasrot. Periodically, I come across fresh fruit imported from Israel. I generally avoid buying it, but I'd ...
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Where do we learn that honey of the 7 species is from dates?

The Torah tells us Israel is "a land of olive oil and honey" (Deut. 8:8). This is interpreted as date honey, not bee honey. Where in the sources is it taught that this is date honey?
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Papaya - Ha'Etz or Ha'Adama?

I have heard that there is a dispute as to which Bracha you should make on papaya, Ha'Etz or Ha'Adama? Why? (sources)
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Pomegranate = 613 seeds?

Has anyone ever counted the seeds of a pomegranate? Is it true that each pomegranate has 613 seeds?