Carob

Carob:

The blessing on ripe carobs is Haeitz.[1] The blessing on carobs that are small, and have not yet ripened to the point of chain like wrinkles, is Hadama.[2] If however, the carbos are bitter and are not fit to be eaten at all then no blessing is said over them, even if they are ripe.[3]

Shehechiyanu:[4] The blessing of Shehechiyanu is not recited over carob being it is not a fruit that people normally anymore.

Insects: Carobs tend to be infested with worms and insects and hence must be checked thoroughly prior to eating.

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[1] Luach of Rav Prus; Luach of Rav Elyashvili; See Admur 202/3-4; Seder 6/1; Michaber 202/2

[2] Admur 202/3; Seder 6/1; Rama 202/2; Ketzos Hashulchan 49/10

The reason: As they are not yet considered a fruit. [Admur ibid]

[3] Ketzos Hashulchan 49/10 footnote 16; See Admur ibid, Kuntrus Achron 202/2; Michaber 202/2

[4] Piskeiy Teshuvos 225/17 footnote 123 based on Kitzur SHU”A 59/17 that we do not bless Shehehciyanu on foods that do not contain Simcha.

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