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Kitniyot

Kitniyot

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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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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.
Chabad.org Staff
mychabad.org
April 14, 2014
Is flaxseed kitniyos? Can I sell it for over pesach?
Anonymous
Brooklyn
April 13, 2014
snflower seeds
They are. :-)
Penelope
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
for Chabad.org
April 8, 2014
So I can feed my pets sunflower seeds? No problem?
Anonymous
Florida
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??
ace36berkeley
Berkeley, CA/US
chabadberkeley.org
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
for Chabad.org
April 2, 2014
can you have linseed on pesach ? does it count as kitniot
leila behrman
London
March 31, 2014
What exactly is Kitniyot
What foods are Kitniyot?
Llandon Ross
March 31, 2013
Pistachios
Raw tree nuts in their shell, including pistachios, may be eaten on Passover and do not require Passover certification. Shelled nuts that list BHA or BHT (preservatives) in the ingredients or nuts that are blanched or roasted do require special Passover certification. (This does not include peanuts, which are kitniyot and are not eaten by Ashkenazi Jews on Passover.)
Rochel Chein for chabad.org
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