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  • An Esrog(Citron) is the most difficultof all the Arba Minim(Four Species) to grow, and therefor the most expensive .
    The difficulty in growing arises from the fact that the bush itself on which the esrog fruit grows is covered in sharp needle-like thorns.

    Yet the torah commands us to take a "Pri Ets Hadar"-a beautiful fruit which we are told by our Sages; means unblemished(to see the criteria of what is considered a
    blemish see 4 Species Page).
 
  • Another criteria of the esrog is its need to be grown from a strain that is not
    grafted with another fruit, this requirement is what the Hechsher(a rabbinical seal certifying their validity) is for.

  • A superior Esrog is of medium size, its bright yellow surface is furrowed and covered with Blitos, bumps (a feature which distinguishes it from the ordinary lemon).
  • To be considered ritually fit, the Esrog must be shaped "like a tower"--its bottom larger than its top.
  • The Pitom, the flowered blossom at the tip of the fruit, and Uketz, the stem which is sunk into the broad base, must be examined carefully to make sure that both are present and intact. (If the Pitom falls off or is broken during Sukkot, a rabbi should be consulted. To avoid this problem, many people prefer to use Esrogim which grow without Pitoms)
  • The Pitom should be directly in line above the Uketz.
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