Known as the “Gold of the Incas,” quinoa has become increasingly popular in recent years for its rich nutritional content, gluten-free status, and versatility in cooking. You may be most familiar with white quinoa, but here are 7 types of quinoa you may not have encountered before.
1) Red Quinoa
White quinoa is the most commonly used variety of the grain, but red quinoa boasts the same nutritional value as white quinoa, and has an enticing color. The only major difference between red and white quinoa is in appearance. Red quinoa looks gorgeous alongside green vegetables and salads. Just like all types of quinoa, the red grain is a complete protein with all 9 essential amino acids.
2) Black Quinoa
Organic black quinoa is slightly sweeter than the other varieties, and it has a stunning black color that works well in many recipes. It contains just as much protein, antioxidants, fiber, and iron as other types of quinoa. Try black quinoa in a salad with beans and fresh chopped vegetables, or serve it in soups and stews. It also makes a delicious side dish to complement fish or meat.
Our tricolor quinoa combines all the quinoa varieties (white, red, and black) for a colorful and nutritious meal. This is the perfect option for quinoa lovers that can’t settle for just one type of this super grain. Tricolor quinoa is incredible paired with bell peppers, tomatoes, and squash. Some of our customers even use it for homemade veggie burgers. Tricolor quinoa adds a nice touch of color to any meal.
4) Quinoa Flour
As one of our most popular gluten-free flours, quinoa flour is very versatile in baking. To improve the nutritional content of baked goods, substitute half of the all-purpose flour in your recipe with quinoa flour. It can also serve as a one-to-one substitute for wheat flour in cakes and cookies. Quinoa flour has a light nutty flavor that works well in baked treats so feel free to experiment with it in your baking.
Quinoa flakes are made from organic quinoa that has been rolled out into flake form. They are delicious as a hot cereal and make a great alternative to oatmeal. It only takes 90 seconds to cook quinoa flakes over the stove top, with ⅓ cup of quinoa flakes to 1 cup of water. Quinoa flakes are an excellent way to start your day off with a boost of fiber, vitamins, and protein. We love having quinoa flakes with dried blueberries and nuts.
We puffed red quinoa into a light and crunchy treat that you can enjoy by the spoonful. Our organic red quinoa puffs make a delicious breakfast cereal that can be served with milk or yogurt. They are also tasty drizzled with honey and served alongside fresh fruit. These red quinoa puffs have the same rich nutritional content as the quinoa they are made from.
Prepare a flavorful side dish in just 20 minutes with our spicy quinoa pilaf mix. This savory pilaf is a combination of whole grain millet, jasmine rice, quinoa, potatoes, corn, carrots, and tantalizing spices. You’ll love the fluffy texture and rich flavors of our spicy quinoa pilaf. It is wonderful served with seafood or chicken, although it can also be enjoyed as a meal in itself.
Have you tried any of these types of quinoa?