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Gemara Eiruvin 40B: Rav Yehuda would say shehecheyanu on a new gourd. A gourd would have the brachah of borei pri ha'adamah. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 225:6 says that it should be a fruit that is new once (or twice - Rema) a year. Otherwise, the fruit's blessing is not a criteria. In fact, the Rema there allows a shehecheyanu blessing on a new vegetable ...


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I'd like to add that when speaking about fruits and vegetables specifically, generally the shops will have a certificate displayed, if you can't see it ask them to point it out to you. In supermarkets (especially in Chareidi areas) each type of produce usually has a hechsher printed next to the name display. If you do end up by mistake buying produce which ...


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Shops and manufacturers have kashrut certificates, just like restaurants. And packed products also have them. The large chain supermarkets are kosher, except for "Tiv Taam". That one exists specifically to be the "not-kosher" chain - that's what they're all about. As pointed out in a comment, there are also smaller Russian chains that operate on the same ...


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The method you describe is not one of the recommended ones for checking lettuce. The critical issue is whether you would be killing bugs who would stay nested in the folds of the lettuce leaves. See the OU guidelines on checking lettuce for instance The insects most commonly found in open leaf lettuce are small green aphids or thrips. The leaves of the ...


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