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

Can they be used interchangeably in recipes?

  • Posted by: m1800
  • March 30, 2012
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LornaFarris
LornaFarris March 30, 2012

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.

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LE BEC FIN
LE BEC FIN March 30, 2012

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

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pierino
pierino March 30, 2012

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

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susan g
susan g March 30, 2012

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

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la domestique
la domestique March 31, 2012

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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The black has a crunchier mouthfeel as well

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