Monday, January 17, 2011

Halocho #726 - Blessing before eating fruits

The blessing "Ho'Etz" is only made on fruit that grows on trees which retain their branches in winter and then leaves grow again from these branches. Otherwise a "Ho'Adomo" is made on the fruit.

These blessings are only said if the fruit (or vegetable) is normally eaten raw. If the fruit is normally eaten cooked then on the raw fruit one says "Shehakol".

On fruit pits that are sweet one says "Shehakol"; if they are bitter one doesn’t make any blessing on them.

Fruit eaten during a meal as desert does require a blessing.

If the entire meal is a "fruit meal" then the HaMotzi blessing covers the fruit too.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 52:1, 4, 10, 43:3-4

- Danny
Monday, 12 Shvat 5771

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