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Dear Rabbi Simon
I recently acquired a bottle of tequila (the Mexican spirit distilled from the agave plant) of the con gusano variety. I am not planning to consume the worm, but can I drink the tequila in which it is preserved?
Thanks
Carlos

Hi Carlos
I wanted to get back to you about the worm lurking in your tequila (actually mescal, of which tequila is a variant).
The mescal itself is fine to imbibe (but skip the larva). The reason for this is that the worm does not really impart any taste to the spirit, and even if it did, the taste is presumed to be unappealing. (The reason for this Mexican minhag in the first place is obscure in any case. It seems to be essentially a marketing gimmick.)
Nevertheless, I would advise in the future to buy specifically a bottle without the worm (notwithstanding Avot 4:4, (תקות אנוש רמה. I am sure it will taste just as good.
Best wishes
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Ask the Rabbi: Quinoa on Pesach
Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
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Tzippy
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Dear Tzippy,
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.
Rabbi Rashi Simon
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