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Chapter 53: 1-3
Laws of Fruit and Vegetable Juices

1. The blessing shehakol is recited for all juice which is squeezed from fruit and vegetables. Even honey which flows from dates requires only this blessing. The only exceptions, where the liquids themselves are regarded as fruit, are wine and olive oil. A special blessing, borey pri hagofen, was instituted for wine, since it is very important. Olive oil is also considered important. Therefore, if one benefits from it in a manner which requires a blessing, one recites the blessing borey pri ho'eitz (as will be explained in Chapter 54, Law 8).

2. If fruits which are generally not cooked -- but rather, eaten raw -- are cooked, the blessing shehakol is recited for the soup that results from cooking them.*

* {Fruit soup (compote) exemplifies this category. The Shulchon Oruch HoRav 202:11 and the Mishnoh B'rurah 202:53 state that, at the outset, the opinion quoted by the Kitzur Shulchon Oruch should be followed. However, they also mention the opinion of Rabbenu Asher, who maintains that as long as the soup has the flavor of the produce, one should recite the blessing appropriate to it. These authorities state that anyone who follows that opinion and recites the blessing appropriate to the produce need not recite a second blessing. Furthermore, if one eats from the produce first and recites the appropriate blessing, one should drink the soup without reciting a separate blessing, for perhaps it was already included in the blessing recited upon the produce.}

However, [different rules apply with regard to] fruits which are generally dried and cooked, and which are in common use and are planted for this purpose. If they are cooked with the intention of eating the fruits and drinking the soup, the blessing borey pri ho'eitz is recited for the soup, even if one does not eat the fruit. *

* {If this species of fruit is generally eaten raw, the blessing shehakol is recited over fruit soup made by cooking dried fruit of this species (Shulchon Oruch HoRav 202:11, Mishnah B'rurah 202:2). As mentioned in Law 3, if one cooked fruit with the intention of drinking the beverage produced and not eating the fruit, one should recite only the blessing shehakol.}

Similarly, with regard to legumes and vegetables, in places where it is customary to cook them in order to eat them and the soup,* one recites the blessing borey pri ho'adomoh on the soup, even when one does not eat the produce itself.

* {Split pea soup, lentil soup, or soup made from vegetables which are not usually eaten raw exemplify this category.}

(Two explanations are give to differentiate between the above decision and the principle mentioned in Law 1. Some say the reason is that the normal practice is not to squeeze fruit or vegetables for their juice, while, in this instance, the normal practice is to cook this produce for its soup. Others say that the taste of the fruit or the vegetable is more prominent in the water in which they are cooked than in the juice which flows from them.) However, if one's intention in cooking was only for the fruit and the vegetables, then, when one drinks the water in which they were cooked alone, without the fruit and vegetables, one should recite the blessing shehakol. If the produce was cooked together with meat, even if it was cooked for the sake of the soup, the blessing shehakol is always recited over the soup, for the meat is considered of primary importance.

3. Fruit which was soaked in liquid or cooked for the sake of the liquid alone requires the blessing shehakol. Therefore, the blessing shehakol is recited for coffee, tea, and beer, regardless of whether the latter is made from dates or from barley.

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