October 13, 2016 8:11 pm at 8:11 pm #618518
Why doesn’t your local supermarket sell Esrogim in the fruit department?October 13, 2016 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm #1186833JosephParticipant
Too exotic.October 13, 2016 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm #1186834lesschumrasParticipant
They’re lousy fruits, largely inedible
It’s almost all rindOctober 14, 2016 3:29 am at 3:29 am #1186835
do you know ANY other fruits that they don’t sell at the supermarkets cause their too exotic? i don’tOctober 14, 2016 10:32 am at 10:32 am #1186836ubiquitinParticipant
Your question doesnt really make sense
A fruit, is by definition food. An Esrog isnt really edible, it certainly isnt eaten (if you need to soak in in sugar that deosnt count, a car tire would be edible if soaked in sugar) Thus it isnt a fruit.
Supermarkets dotn sell tose berries you see growing on bushes in abandoned lots, becasue they arent edible.
Of course a fruit is also the part of a plant that contains seeds, but there are many such fruit that arent soldOctober 14, 2016 1:09 pm at 1:09 pm #1186837MenoParticipant
“do you know ANY other fruits that they don’t sell at the supermarkets cause their too exotic? i don’t”
No, and I’m sure you wouldn’t know anything about an esrog if it wasn’t required by the Torah. It likely wouldn’t even exist anymore.October 14, 2016 2:51 pm at 2:51 pm #1186838
So I guess in your case it’s the Jewish Esrog sellers that make sure each year that esrogim. Are being planted by the millions etc… And not forgottenOctober 14, 2016 3:06 pm at 3:06 pm #1186839MenoParticipant
“So I guess in your case it’s the Jewish Esrog sellers that make sure each year that esrogim. Are being planted by the millions etc… And not forgotten”
That’s exactly right.
The esrogim we buy are grown in Jewish orchards. They have to be, in order that we can ensure that they are not murkav. If we didn’t need esrogim for Sukkos, there would be no reason for these orchards to exist. And since esrogim aren’t really good for anything else (besides maybe smelling nice), they would probably just go extinct.October 14, 2016 3:35 pm at 3:35 pm #1186840zahavasdadParticipant
I have seen them sold
They have some uses like for Jams or LiquorOctober 14, 2016 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm #1186841flatbusherParticipant
Maybe they will someday but really because of what’s involved–and the competition from pop-up stores and street vendors–probably not worth it. SUpermarkerts in Israel don’t sell them either, from what I remember.
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