The Types of Fruits and Vegetables Available During the Shemitta Year
In the previous Halachot we have explained that fruits grown during Shevi’it and vegetables picked during Shevi’it from fields owned by Jews in Israel retain the sanctity of Shevi’it. (This year, 5775, is the Shemitta year; we shall explain further the halachic significance of this sanctity.) We have likewise explained that there are several kinds of produce available for sale on the market under reliable Kashrut supervision and we shall now elaborate further on this issue.
Produce of the Sixth Year
The first type is produce from the sixth year of the Shemitta cycle, i.e. fruits and vegetables preserved in beneficial conditions before the sanctity of Shevi’it takes effect in addition to fruits whose ripening occurred during the sixth year. Thus, such fruits would not retain Shevi’it sanctity even if they were picked during Shevi’it. (Due to space constraints…
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