Friday, April 04, 2008
Quinoa: the slow drift toward kitniyotization continues
I’ve been informed that the Gedolim in Eretz Yisrael consider quinoa to be kitniyot. No surprise there.
Once again, I checked the trusty Aish "all about kitniyot" page. This year, it says:
There is one product called "quinoa" (pronounced "kin-O-ah," or keen-WA) that is the subject of much discussion. Although quinoa resembles a grain, it is technically in the "goose foot" family, which includes sugar beets and beet root. As such, some rabbis (for example, Rabbi Heinemann of Star-K) permit its use even for Ashkenazim on Passover, while other rabbis do not.
Compare that to the text I recorded in 2006. Notice a pattern? Does it conform to the process I described there?
There are authorities in USA who allow it on Pesach,
although in Israel many Rabbis consider it Kitniyot. Thus
LBD recommend that you avoid quinoa on Pesach,
although if you need it for special dietary reasons it would
be permitted provided it is carefully checked to ensure no
other chametz grains are mixed in.
Here's the LBD magazine online. I don't see a record of their previous ones (Did anyone save it?) This year's:
"Is Quinoa allowed on Pesach? There are authorities in the USA who allow it on Pesach, although in Israel many Rabbis consider it Kitniyot. Thus LDB recommend that you avoid quinoa on Pesach, although if you need it for special dietary reasons it would be permitted provided it is carefully checked to ensure no other chametz grains are mixed in."
This reminds me a bit of watching the Montreal Vaad slowly change their opinion about normal-brand toothpastes from "the following toothpastes are allowed" to "the following toothpastes contain kitniyot" to "toothpaste requires a Passover hechsher." I can't find their product listing for this year, though. Also, one year, they prohibited romaine lettuce because of bugs!
Can't people be trusted to check their own lettuce?
*Sigh* I'm definitely going to continue eating quinoa, and will make an effort to cook it every passover. Maybe I'll have a meal with quinoa as a main course, and everyone who is sane can come over and eat it with me.
All I really want to know- is when women will will be banned completely?