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קטגוריה משנית
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  • Plants and Animals
which types of fruit trees and berry bushes can and cant a jew plant (and eat)? thank you
ב"ה Shalom To the best of my knowledge, there are no limitations to planting a particular species of fruit. However, the Torah (Vayikra 19:19) forbids us from mixing different species of fruit or grafting different species of tress as explained in the Rambam Hilchot kila'im Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De'eah 225) . In Shemitta year, in the Land of Israel, we are not allowed to plant any tree, plant, or seed in the ground. One is also not allowed to eat the fruits of trees, in the first three years, because it is Orlah. The fruits of the Land of Israel are not allowed to be eaten, before the Terumot or Masserot are taken. All these halachot have many details, and to know how to act in accordance with Halacha, one should ask a Rabbi in each case. All the best
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