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Oranges with an OU symbol

EmpireState Mar 21, 2013 04:07 PM

As I was leaving Fairway this evening, I saw a box of mandarin oranges with an OU on it. At first I thought perhaps it was due to shmitta (the oranges were from Israel) but, it's not a shmitta year. (Why would oranges need a hechsher??

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    DebbyT Mar 21, 2013 04:31 PM

    Tevel, orla...

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    1. re: DebbyT
      EmpireState Mar 21, 2013 05:29 PM

      Aha! So my guess of shmita year was not that far off. What's tevel?

      1. re: EmpireState
        GilaB Mar 22, 2013 06:19 AM

        'Tevel' is produce grown in Israel from which teruma/maaser (tithes, basically) have not been taken. 'Orla' is fruit from the first four years that a tree grows.

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          EmpireState Mar 22, 2013 09:06 AM

          Thanks GilaB! Chag sameach!

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      zsero Mar 21, 2013 04:34 PM

      Fruit from Israel would need a hechsher for orlah, and terumot umaasrot.

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        koshergourmetmart Mar 22, 2013 08:54 AM

        the ou puts a hasgacha on any item that someone is willing to pay for. I saw peaches with a hasgacha on them.

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          PotatoPuff Mar 29, 2013 01:25 PM

          Not for oranges, but I've heard that certain fruits are coated in wax/other substances that may not be kosher.

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