Kosher refers to food that is prepared and cooked in accordance with Jewish tenets and laws. Some of the laws can include restrictions on eating certain types of animals and ensuring that the blood has been fully drained before consuming them. Using utensils that have not come into contact with non-kosher foods and employing specific kosher cooking methods are some other rules related to kosher food. Kosher fruit refers to basically any fruit that does not have an infestation of insects or bugs, and because of this the fruit is typically inspected before being consumed. Grapes used for wine products are not considered kosher if the wine is prepared and manufactured by people who are not Jewish.
Whole grapes do not fall under this restriction and it usually only affects wines and juices derived from grapes. Certain fruits like strawberries and raspberries tend to have more bug infestations and as such are more problematic when attempting to classify them as kosher fruit. It is often thought that for a food item to be kosher it needs to have been blessed by a rabbi. This is not typically the case as many foods are considered to be naturally kosher as long as they still adhere to the basic tenets and laws of the Jewish faith. Fruit grown in a garden is considered to be kosher as long as it is free from insects and bugs.
Fruit may be deemed kosher until it is mixed with other food items that are considered non-kosher. These can include animals and birds of prey, as well as shellfish. It is often difficult to ascertain whether or not modern processed food items are kosher, and because of this a rabbi is often employed to check the food or fruit before it is consumed. Dried kosher fruit also falls under this law and is typically checked for bug infestation as well. There is also a Jewish law, or orlah, which states that any fruit taken from a tree that is less than four years old is “prohibited” and therefore cannot be consumed.
Jewish communities across the globe each have their own regional cuisines. The one common factor tying the cuisines together is the law that governs the preparation and cooking of each food item, kosher fruit included. The laws are sometimes known as kashrut, and are found in the Torah. The Torah is the law of God that was told to Moses and written down in books pertaining to the Hebrew scripture.