Thursday, March 12, 2009

Quinoa 2009

Once again, it's time for the annual check on the status of quinoa for Passover. This year, instead of Aish Hatorah, the source of bafflement is the OU.

Their Passover Guide is out and online. The full PDF quotes the now common and relatively safe "ask your Rabbi" (yes, Rabbi is capitalized) position. One article attempts to define "kitnios" (or is it "kitniyot?") logically by reference to the Mishnah Brura, thus stating that quinoa "logically" should be kitniyot, despite all the exceptions that lead to the conclusion that kitniyot defies logic.* (Another baffling statement in the article is that if kitniyot are prepared on Pesach for a permissible reason, "they should be prepared in special non-Pesach and non-chametz utensils, which should not be washed with the Pesach dishes" -- anyone know where that comes from?) The other quinoa-related news on the OU website is the short kitniyot list, which, despite the official "ask your Rabbi" position, says (drumroll please):

The following may be Kitniyot and are therefore not used:
Quinoa
Amaranth


Huh?

* The article was prepared in a word processor with autocorrect turned on. Anyone want to guess how I knew that? :-)

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Comments:
You called it. All the more reason for me to serve quinoa at Passover this year. :)
 
Well...it could be because other pseudo-cereals (quinoa is a pseudo-cereal) were accepted a kitniyos in Europe.

For example - buckwheat, although not a grain, is customarily not eaten on Pesach, due to kitniyos reasons.
 
NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

and people capitalizing "Rabbi" unnecessarily bothers me too.
 
what's with amaranth?
 
اصبح الكثير يرد الانتقال الى مكان مناسب لتوفير مسكن اكثر امان للاسرة وراحة وتاقلم لهم لهم وعند البداء فى عملية النقل هنا ياتى العجز والازعاج الذى يواجه كثير من الاعائلات وهنا ياتى دور شركة ركن الرياض لخدمات نقل العفش بالرياض افضل شركة متخصصة فى خدمات نقل العفش بالرياض بافضل سيارات النقل المجهزة والمامنة على اعلى مستوى ضد الاخطار الجوية كما لدا الشركة اكبر وافضل فريق يمتكل الخبرة حول فك وتركيب العفش والتغليف اثناء النقل لمزيد من المعلومات او طلب الخدمة يرجى الدخول الى الرابط التالى شركة نقل عفش بالرياض
يوجد ايضا شركات اخرى تابعه لنا فى الرياض تقدم خدمة نقل العفش باعلى مستوى مماثل لنا تماما وبافضل الاسعار المناسب ويتم التعاقد معاهم ايضا من خلال شركتنا لاننا نعمل فى نفس المجال معا بكل راحة ويسر واليكم رابط الشركة الاخرة فى الرياض شركة نقل عفش بالرياض

 
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