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??
Not for oranges, but I've heard that certain fruits are coated in wax/other substances that may not be kosher.
the ou puts a hasgacha on any item that someone is willing to pay for. I saw peaches with a hasgacha on them.
Fruit from Israel would need a hechsher for orlah, and terumot umaasrot.
Aha! So my guess of shmita year was not that far off. What's tevel?
'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.
Thanks GilaB! Chag sameach!
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