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The medieval Jewish sages placed a ban on eating legumes (kitniyot) on Passover, because they are similar in texture to chametz—even bread can be made out of their flour—so people might assume that if, for example, cornbread can be eaten on Passover, wheat or rye bread can be eaten too. This prohibition includes rice, beans and corn. This injunction was unanimously accepted by Ashkenazic Jews; many Sephardic Jews, however, continue to eat kitniyot on Passover. If you are Sephardic, speak to your rabbi to determine your family and community tradition.

The prohibition is only with regards to consumption of kitniyot; there is no obligation, however, to destroy or sell kitniyot products before Passover.

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February 25, 2015
Re: Chia Seeds
Chia seeds themselves are not kitniyot. They may require further checking, however, to ensure that no other seeds were mixed in together with them.
Shaul Wolf
February 24, 2015
Are Chia seeds kitniyot?
April 14, 2014
Flax seeds
There are differences of opinion as to whether flax seeds are kitniyot or not, so it's best that you ask your local Rav. Staff
April 14, 2014
Is flaxseed kitniyos? Can I sell it for over pesach?
April 13, 2014
snflower seeds
They are. :-)
April 13, 2014
Re: sunflower seeds for pets
Sunflower seeds may be fed to pets, but they should be kept in a separate area, where they will not accidentally be eaten by people.
Eliezer Zalmanov
April 8, 2014
So I can feed my pets sunflower seeds? No problem?
April 7, 2014
Raw chia seeds
Chia seeds are apparently the highly-gelling seeds of a species of flowering plant in the mint family, native to certain regions of Central America. With their high fiber content, omega-3 oil, and Calcium, chia seeds are apparently useful for dieters and as nutritional supplementation. Given a thorough checking of packages of raw, unprocessed chia seeds for Chometz or other Kitniyot, How could raw chia seed itself be at all considered Kitniyot??
Berkeley, CA/US
April 3, 2014
Re: linseed
According to the OU linseed is not kitniot, but it may require additional checking to ensure that no other grains are mixed in.
Eliezer Zalmanov
April 2, 2014
can you have linseed on pesach ? does it count as kitniot
leila behrman
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