Sunday, June 15, 2014

Helpful Orlah List - Summer Fruits 2014

I love figs

Majestic Pomegranates (not on the list, oddly)

Many people find themselves shopping at a shuk or a store without a teudah. It happens most often outside of the major city centers, like here in the Golan, in our weekly shuk.
However, we have a few things to keep in mind - terumah and maaser (tithing) obligations and the problem of orlah - the fruits of a tree in its first four years.
It's very helpful to know which fruits one can buy and not worry about orlah, even without a hechsher. One must still take terumah and maaser from non-certified fruits (without a bracha), even if there is no need to worry about orlah, though.

When I was trying to figure out what I could or could not buy at the shuk, I found this handy-dandy guide. It changes seasonally, and is not completely comprehensive, but is helpful in any case.

Here are the basics to keep in mind if you are buying fruit from a seller without a teudah/ishur kashrut (although many recommend just trying to buy from a certified kosher seller):

Ok to buy:

Olives (regular)

Quince (חבוש) Lemons
Lychee Apricots Pitaya (dragonfruit?) Kiwi Plums Loquats

Not ok without Ishur Kashrut:

Syrian Olives
Passionfruit ("shi'unit" or "passiflora")
Eden fruit (really not sure what this is, anyone know?)

Unclear, so recommended to only buy with an Ishur:


Enjoy your summer fruits!

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