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Shemitah calendar for vegetables

Shemitah calendar for vegetables

When does each kind of vegetable have kedushat shevi'it, and when is its' bi'ur time? Appendix C of the Consumer's Guide to Shemitah.

Rabbi Moshe Bloom

Vegetable

Kedushat shevi'it starts[1]

Sefichin prohibition starts[2]

Sefichin prohibition 
ends

Bi'ur time[3]

Artichoke[4]

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Not sefichin

NA

Mid-July shemitah
(Mid-Tammuz 5782-2022)

Arum

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Early Feb. shemitah
(Late Shevat 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Asparagus[4]

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Not sefichin

NA

NA

Baby radish (cherry belle/ cherriette)

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Late Oct. shemitah
(Late Cheshvan 5782-2021)

Late Oct. eighth year (Early Cheshvan 5783-2022)

NA

Bamiah (okra)

Not sacred[5]

Not sefichin

NA

NA

Banana[4]

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Not sefichin

NA

NA

Beet

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Jan. shemitah
(Mid-Shevat 5782-2022)

Late Dec. eighth year (Early Tevet 5783-2022)

NA

Beet leaves

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Early Dec. shemitah
(Late Kislev, 5782-2021)

Early Jan. eighth year (Early Tevet 5783-2023)

NA

Broccoli

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Early Jan. shemitah
(Early Shevat 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

Late May shemitah
(Late Iyar 5782-2022)

Butternut squash

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Jan. shemitah
(Mid-Shevat 5782-2022)

Late July eighth year (Early Av 5783-2023)

Early Oct. eighth year
(Early Tishrei 5783-2022)

Carrot

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Late Jan. shemitah
(Late Shevat 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Cauliflower

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Dec. shemitah
(Early Tevet 5782-2021)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Chard

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Early Dec. shemitah
(Late Kislev 5782-2021)

Early Jan. eighth year (Early Tevet 5783-2023)

NA

Coriander (cilantro)

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Nov. shemitah
(Early Kislev 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year
(Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Cucumber

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Late Oct. shemitah
(Mid-Cheshvan 5782-2021)

Mid-Nov. eighth year
(Late Cheshvan 5782-2022)

NA

Dill

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Nov. shemitah
(Mid-Kislev 5782-2021)

Mid-Nov. eighth year
(Late Cheshvan 5782-2022)

NA

Dry onion

Early Dec. shemitah
(Late Kislev 5782-2021)

Early Feb. shemitah
(Late Shevat 5782-2022)

Late Jan. eighth year (Early-Shevat 5783-2023)

NA

Eggplant[6]

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Jan. shemitah
(Mid-Shevat 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Fava beans in a pod

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Early Jan. shemitah
(Late Tevet 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

Mid-July shemitah
(Mid-Tamuz 5782-2022)

Fennel

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Late Jan. shemitah
(Late Shevat
5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Garlic

Mid-Feb. shemitah
(Mid-Adar I 5782-2022)

Mid-March shemitah (Mid-Adar II 5782-2022)

Mid-March eighth year (Late Adar 5783-2023)

Mid-Aug. shemitah
(Mid-Av 5782-2022)

Green beans (or yellow) in a pod

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Late Nov. shemitah
(Late Kislev 5782-2021)

Late Nov. eighth year (Early Kislev 5783-2022)

Mid-July shemitah
(Mid-Tammuz 5782-2022)

Horseradish

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Early Oct. shemitah
(Late Tishrei 5782-2021)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Hot pepper[7]

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Late Jan. shemitah
(Late Shevat 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Kohlrabi (turnip cabbage)

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Dec. shemitah
(Early Tevet 5782-2021)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Lettuce[8]

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Oct. shemitah
(Early Cheshvan 5782-2021)

Late Oct. eighth year
(Early Cheshvan 5783-2022)

NA

Melon[9]

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Early Jan. shemitah
(Late Shevat 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Mint[4]

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Not sefichin

NA

NA

Mushroom

No k.s.[10]

Not sefichin

NA

NA

Paprika

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Aug. shemitah
(Mid-Av 5782-2022)

Late Sept. eighth year (Early Tishrei 5783-2022)

Late Nov. eighth year
(Late Cheshvan 5782-2022)

Parsley leaves

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Early Nov. shemitah
(Late Cheshvan 5782-2021)

Late Nov. eighth year (Early Kislev 5783-2022)

NA

Parsley root

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Jan. shemitah
(Mid-Shevat 5782-2022)

Late Nov. eighth year (Early Kislev 5783-2022)

NA

Peas in a pod

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-March shemitah
(Mid-Adar II 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

Mid-June shemitah
(Mid-Tamuz 5782-2022)

Pepper[11]

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Late Jan. shemitah
(Late Shevat 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Pineapple

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Not sefichin[12]

NA

NA

Potato

Late Oct. shemitah
(Late Cheshvan 5782-2021)

Early Jan. shemitah
(Late Tevet 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Pumpkin

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Early Feb. shemitah
(Late Shevat 5782-2022)

Late July eighth year
(Early Av 5783-2023)

Mid-Nov. eighth year
(Late Cheshvan 5782-2022)

Radish

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Nov. shemitah
(Mid-Kislev 5782-2021)

Mid-Nov. eighth year (Late Cheshvan 5782-2022)

NA

Raspberry[4]

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Not sefichin

NA

Late Aug. shemitah
(Late Av 5782-2022)

Red cabbage

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Late Jan. shemitah
(Late Shevat 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year
(Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Scallions

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Nov. shemitah
(Mid-Kislev 5782-2021)

Mid-Nov. eighth year (Late Cheshvan 5783-2022)

NA

Spinach

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Nov. shemitah
(Mid-Kislev 5782-2021)

Late Nov. eighth year (Early Kislev 5783-2022)

NA

Spring onion

Late Nov. shemitah
(Late Kislev 5782-2021))

Late Jan. shemitah
(Late Shevat 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Squash

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Early Nov. shemitah
(Late Cheshvan 5782-2021)

Mid-Oct. eighth year (Late Tishrei 5783-2022)

NA

Strawberry

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Early Jan. shemitah
(Late Tevet 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

Late Aug. shemitah
(Late Av 5782-2022)

Sweet potato

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-July shemitah
(Mid-Tamuz 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

Mid-March eighth year
(Late Adar 5783-2023)

Tomato

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Late Dec. shemitah
(Late Tevet 5782-2021)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Turnip

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Jan. shemitah
(Mid-Shevat 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

Watermelon

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Jan. shemitah
(Mid-Shevat 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA[13]

White cabbage

3 Tishrei shemitah
(Sept. 9, 5782-2021)

Mid-Dec. shemitah
(Mid-Tevet 5782-2022)

Chanukah eighth year (Dec. 19, 5783-2022)

NA

 

 

[1] The timetable was prepared based on the average arrival time on the market.
The list is based on the solar calendar, see Appendix A.

[2] The time the sefichin prohibition begins is determined based on the custom to be lenient with vegetables that sprouted before shemitah. For vegetables that sprouted by 29 Elul prior to the onset of shemitah, we checked for the earliest date that they can appear on the market.

[3] Most vegetables are not subject to bi'ur since they are grown throughout the year in Israel today, so the status of "gone for the animals of the field" does not apply. This includes vegetables that in the distant and recent past were only seasonal. However, there are still some vegetables that are seasonal and there are times when they are not growing in the field. Therefore, the laws of bi'ur do apply to them.

[4] The sefichin prohibition does not apply to perennial plants.

[5] Yivul nochri, crops raised and owned by non-Jews, so the laws of shemitah do not apply.

[6] From Cheshvan through Adar, most eggplants sold in Israel are grown in the Aravah, which is within the olei Mitzrayim borders. Some are grown by non-Jews.

[7] Black and white pepper powder are imported from abroad; see Appendix D.

[8] Insect-free leafy vegetables growing on detached platforms do not have kedushat shevi'it, so the sefichin prohibition does not apply to them.

[9] During the winter most melons are grown in the Aravah.

[10] Not a plant according to halachah, so the laws of shemitah do not apply to it.

[11] During the winter peppers grow in the Aravah, which is within the olei Mitzrayim borders.

[12] The sefichin prohibition does not apply to perennial plants.

[13] Since heter mechirah watermelons grow in the Aravah throughout the shemitah year, bi'ur does not apply. That is, watermelons are always available to animals in the field, similar to most other vegetables that are grown all year long. In the past, watermelon did not grow in Israel around the year, which is why they had been previously subject to the laws of bi'ur.