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Is there a difference between regular, red, and black quinoa besides just the color?

Can they be used interchangeably in recipes?

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LornaFarris added about 2 years ago

There is certainly a flavor difference. Red and black quinoa have a stronger flavor then regular. As far as I know it would probably be ok to use any of the three in a recipe calling for red or black quinoa - but you should be careful when substituting red or black for regular. The stronger flavor might overwhelm the other flavors in the recipe.

LE BEC FIN added about 2 years ago

I had no idea red and black existed. Must try some. thx much.


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added about 2 years ago
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The differences in flavor are subtle, hardly overwhelming, but they are there. Red and black can make your plating more interesting.

susan g added about 2 years ago

If quinoa follows the usual pattern in foods, more color is an indication of more antioxidant components.

la domestique added about 2 years ago

Seabass I use red, black, and regular quinoa interchangeably in recipes without any problems. Just depends on what kind of color I'm looking for on the plate.


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added about 2 years ago

The black has a crunchier mouthfeel as well

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