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Why would i buy pearled quinoa over whole quinoa? any benefits for cooking?

asked by a Whole Foods Market Customer over 4 years ago
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added over 4 years ago

My understanding is that pearl quinoa isn't pearled. It's just another name for the white variety of quinoa. It's still a whole grain & cooks the same as all quinoa.

added over 4 years ago

Quinoa in its natural state has a 'soapy' layer on it, and we're advised to wash it well. Could 'pearled' mean that it doesn't have that?

Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

added over 4 years ago

Pearl, golden, and white seem to be fairly interchangeable terms, referring to any light-colored variety of quinoa. However, I've noticed that pearl quinoa tends to have a shorter cooking time than darker varieties. Alter-Eco's pearl takes 15 minutes, while the red and black take 20. http://www.altereco-usa...


added over 4 years ago

If you are near a Fairway Market, you can find it there.