The Worm in the Avocado

What's worse than finding a worm in your apple? Finding a worm in your avocado. According to the rabbinate avocados can be considered free of insect infestation, with the caveat that extremely ripe ones should be checked. Avocados generally top the list of foods that are low in pesticides. While … [Read more...]

Bug-Free Lettuce: Not Necessarily Bug-Free

Kosher consumers don't just worry about mixing meat and milk, or avoiding meat that hasn't been slaughtered according to Jewish law. The Torah also forbids eating insects. Israel, with its warm climate and location at the crossroads of three continents, has a large variety and I have found them in … [Read more...]

The Orthodox Homemaker’s Quest for Flour

A few months ago a friend stopped me on the street to ask me if I knew anything about 70 and 100% flour; she had learned about it from her children living in the Jerusalem area. Many religious like-minded women in the Tel Aviv area are constantly looking for good sources of flour. Standard bleached … [Read more...]

Unofficial Guide to Israeli Vermin

No, this is not a political rant. Here is the homeowner's guide to insects you are likely to encounter in Israel. Jukim. Known by exterminators as tikanim (tikanot?). These are huge, winged, roach-like creatures that fly in without warning through upper-story windows. Watch out for them when … [Read more...]