Tu Bishvat Fruit Prices Out Of Control!

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  • #1457635

    noshoichis
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    Thanks to the “Pomegranate culture” that we now live in….. Has anyone seen these fruits available for Tu Bishvat? Like 75 dollar fruits? Are they serious? What in heavens name is wrong with people? It’s out of control. It must be stopped.

    Once I’m talking about Tu Bishvat….anyone see the photos that ywn posts every year from all this big Rebbishe Tish with massive fruit platters…..with watermelons and pineapples cared out all fancy? Uh…. did anyone tell them that those are not fruits and not a Borei Pri Haetz and have zero to do with Tu Bishvat?

    Ok. I’ve vented.

    #1457644

    Joseph
    Participant

    I saw esrogim selling for $1 each last week.

    #1457689

    Takes2-2tango
    Participant

    My store is selling haddasim. Go figure.!
    No not by the flower section but by the fruit section. This is exactly how false minhagim start. In 50 years your grandkids will assume these new minhagim and consider it halacha.

    #1457805

    Gadolhadorah
    Participant

    There are many “real” fruits (aka boreh peri h’aetz) at reasonable prices available in your local supermaket.,…the fixation on dried fruis to some extent is a residual of generations past when “fresh fruit” was not readily available in the winter months

    #1457853

    👑RebYidd23
    Participant

    There are also expensive fresh fruits that are expensive because they are out of season.

    #1457858

    Joseph
    Participant

    The esrogim are out of season yet are selling for $1 each in January.

    #1457860

    Are you saying that is a lot or a little?

    #1457862

    Lightbrite
    Participant

    T2TT: Omgosh I just did a double take. At first glance, I thought that you said your store is selling Hasidim!

    Lol. I was like, not by the flower section? What’s going on here? Is this for real?

    Then I scrolled back up to thankfully realize that I read your post incorrectly.

    Okay the end ☺

    #1457956

    jakob
    Participant

    ever heard of supply & demand?

    well now is a big demand for these fruits, so you get charged high prices

    #1457977

    Takes2-2tango
    Participant

    jakobParticipant
    ever heard of supply & demand?

    well now is a big demand for these fruits, so you get charged high prices
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    Jacob. Every friday theres a demand for food. Would u be ok if friday prices were different then all week long?

    #1457994

    iacisrmma
    Participant

    Can someone define or list “Tu B’Shvat fruit”? Since most of these fruits are now available year round, there might not be a need to recite a shechiyanu.

    #1458036

    not any more outrageous than esrogim before sukkos and matza before pesach.

    #1458039

    iacisrmma
    Participant

    As to watermelon and pineapples on the platter, it makes it look nicer, in other words a hiddur. I am sure you heard of ZEH KELI VANVEIHU? or are you saying one is not allowed to eat anything with a brocha of borei pri haadama on Tu B’shvat?

    #1458082

    The little I know
    Participant

    The matter at hand is that the secondary has been prioritized in a manner that affects the market. We all know about the eating of fruit on Tu Bishvat. To carry the issue to the current is a disservice, and throws things out of balance. Should one fund the public coffers to supply such fruit to the less privileged? I am not saying it would be nice to deprive people who suffer poverty. But it is not a mitzvah, just a symbolic act. Yes, there were some that tried to make the brocho of shehechiyanu on Tu Bishvat. Again, nice. But not halacha. I have heard of a minhag to eat 15 different fruit on Tu Bishvat. Can we make such demands? Well, our generation witnesses these things being made into priorities. Someone who fails to do this is apt to frowned upon, and some may even scorn. And this is unwarranted.

    Perhaps we can create a fund raiser for some worthy organizations that will accept donations in exchange for a talmid chochom eating fruit on Tu Bishvat while praying for you. Sounds far fetched? Enter any frum food store and scan the array of merchandise displayed. By next year, it may appear as a banner ad on YWN!

    #1458077

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Like 75 dollar fruits?

    So, don’t eat them.

    Seriously.

    There is no chiyuv to eat fruits on Tu B’Shvat.

    And even if you have a very strong minhag to do so, you can very easily find dates and grapes at *much* lower prices.

    The Wolf

    #1459199

    jakob
    Participant

    wolf

    i dont you can make a shehecheyahu on those fruits most people just ate it on the simanim on rosh hashana. versus most other fruits are only on tu b’shvat

    #1459211

    unommin
    Participant

    Economics works. Don’t participate in the fraud that is this made up holiday. If you want to eat fruit in the middle of the winter, seek nonjewish sources. When sales plummet, prices will drop.

    #1459343

    GAON
    Participant

    “I am sure you heard of ZEH KELI VANVEIHU?”

    Yes, and it has its conditions. FYI – there is NO Hidur in a ‘platter’ of a Mitzvah, let alone a Minhag..

    #1459397

    Basmelech1
    Participant

    I will make a platter of 15 or more ordinary regular priced fruit that I usually have , nothing exotic. (apples, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, grapes, avocado, different kinds of nuts, pomegranate, dates, dried apricot {they were on sale}, kiwi etc. ) Nothing overboard.

    #1459459

    GAON
    Participant

    “Jacob. Every friday theres a demand for food. Would u be ok if friday prices were different then all week long?”

    Actually, there is a clear halacha in Shu”A regarding the price of fish for Shabbos, that if they raise the prices before Shabbos one should not buy. See Siman 242 Mishna Brurah:
    אם מוכרי הדגים מייקרין השער נכון לתקן שלא יקנו דגים איזה שבתות עד שיעמוד השער על מקומו

    #1459721

    gedalia70
    Participant

    One of the reasons of TuBishvat is to show appreciation of Hashem’s wonderful creations at least once a year, which includes also Ho’adomo fruits. That’s why we also eat pineapples, melons etc.

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