Friday, January 15, 2016

The Beracha on Cashews

The Beracha on Cashews
Day: Friday
Date: January 15, 2016
Parshat: Bo
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 204

The proper beracha on cashews is ha'etz. Interestingly enough, the beracha used to be ha'adamah but it changed a number of years ago. Cashews grow on a tree and are really only a small part of a lesser known fruit called a cashew apple or cashew fruit. It used to be that the cashew trees were planted for the fruit, while the nut was largerly ignored. Today however, the commercial trees are generally grown for the nut while the cashew fruit itself is used in some places in the world as a flavoring for drinks. Since nowadays the cashew nut has become equally or maybe even more important than the fruit, the beracha on the nut has become ha'etz.

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