Ask the Rabbi: Chenopod conundrum

09.04.2011                      05.Nisan, 5771


Ask the Rabbi: Chenopod conundrum

A certain amount of ambiguity and dispute relates to defining exactly which foods are included in the kitniyot category at Pessah.

While it looks like a grain, quinoa is actually a chenopod, a species related to beets and spinach.

Grown primarily for its seeds, quinoa sales have skyrocketed over the last five years to make it one of Bolivia’s principal exports. Because of its nutritious content and grain-like taste, many have suggested it as a great alternative for Pessah consumption, engendering much controversy relating to a centuries-old debate regarding the propriety of eating kitniyot (legumes) on Pessah….