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Garlic bulbsDon’t laugh. Garlic is on some kitniot lists (e.g., here, or a discussion here), although it is very rare to include it.

It is hard to find facts, explanation or even suggestions about why garlic would be kitniot. Here a selection of things you find:

Botanically or usage-wise, I cannot think of any reason why garlic should be kitniot. The cRc Guide insists on supervision for peeled or powdered garlic (just like it should be with every spice), otherwise all my usual lists agree garlic is fine. So enjoy!

  • Danger of chametz traces: Fresh – no. Ground – not more than spices.
  • Danger of confusion with chametz (raw): Definite no.
  • Danger of confusion with chametz (processed): No – just smell it.
  • Botanical categorization: Amaryllidaceae.
  • Known in 13th century: Yes.
  • Verdict: Definitely not kitniot.

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