Ask Levana: Spices and Kosher Supervision

Here is a question I received from Sara M: Lévana, do spices need a hechsher in order to be considered Kosher?

Answer: When spices are pure, meaning unblended, they need no Kosher supervision. They do need one when they are mixed, as in curry, gram masala, Ras El-Hanout, Hawaidge etc…. This doesn’t apply to Passover, when all spices need a Kosher supervision, except saffron, which is very pure and never has a Kosher sign.

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