“beryah” for pomegranate and orange pieces
chazal say that each pomegranate seed is disattached, therefore i would assume, since only the seeds are edible each seed on its own would be considered a beryah.
what would the Rav say about each segment of an orange, are they considered attached to each other, or maybe the fact that that they peel in such a fashion shows us that each one is considered on its own and therefore a beryah?
is it possible to say that we see from other citrus fruits that only the inside is meant to be eaten and not the skin (pith), therefore, that which we eat the pith in an orange doesnt mean it is meant to be eaten that way… if so, is the orange a whole fruit or just the juice part of it counts, which are technically not connected?
thank you for your time
Even with regards to a pomegranate it is questionable if every seed has the status of a beryah. This is based on how we interpret the passage in Talmud Yerushalmi [Brachos, beginning of Perek Keitzad Mevorchim] which refers to a “פרידה של רימון”, some understood this means a small, whole pomegranate, not just one seed [קרן אורה על ברכות – הלכות ברכות הנהנין]. Others explain this means just one seed [רדב”ז ח”א סימן תב’ ועי’ מג”א סימן קע’ ס”ק ג’].
Even if we are to be stringent and assume a seed of pomegranate is a “beryah”, there would be room for leniency with regards to a segment of orange. The pomegranate has the structure of a casing holding many individual pieces, while an orange is formed as one entire fruit. This was the opinion of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach.
A segment of an orange may often have the shiur for a bracha in any event, even without being a beryah.