Teruma and Maaser on herbs, such as rosemary

  1. Question: [, 5780]

Rabbi. I live in Israel and grow rosemary in my garden. Should I remove teruma and maaser from rosemary when I use it for cooking?



Any food which is not meant to be eaten but to be used as a spice does not need to be tithed. Thus, ideally, rosemary is exempt from Teruma and Maaser. However, if you plan on eating it within your food, and not just using it as a spice, then you should separate teruma and Maaser without a blessing.


Sources: Michaber Y.D. 331:13 “All food of a human…”; 74 “The bitter almonds..”; Sefer Hakashrus 15/13

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