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Dear Rabbi Simon,
I bought an etrog which is quite green (rather than yellow). The dealer assured me it is OK halachically, but I am not sure if I can rely on his advice. Should I take it back and choose another one?
Thank you,

Dear Jay,
Thank you for your question.
I can validate your caution about relying on the guidance of an etrog dealer, however I am pleased to confirm that green does not detract from the halakhic hidur of an etrog. You can encourage it to turn yellow by placing it in a drawer with an apple or two, if you like.
Hag same’ah
Best wishes
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
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In line with other American authorities, I am in favour of quinoa. Although I reject completely the voices (mostly from Israel) seeking to abolish the ban on kitniyot entirely, IMO we do not need to include in the prohibition pseudo-grains that were unknown in the Old World until modern times. Best to buy with a Pesach hechsher though, to be free of any possible wheat contamination.
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