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|Halacha - kitniyos|
|Submitted by anonymous Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh|
|Answer: Kitniyos literally are legumes (peas, beans, etc.), and the halacha includes seeds (sunflower, poppy sesame) and other seeds that grow in a pod (mustard, etc.) rice and corn. Though they are not chometz, but they either can be made into bread or cereal like grain or the were frequently mixed with grains. Therefore, about 600 years ago most of European Jewry accepted on themseves to avoid all these foods on Pesach.