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Mar 21, 2013 04:07 PM

Oranges with an OU symbol

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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    1. re: DebbyT

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

      1. re: EmpireState

        '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.

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

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

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