Appearance: ivory colored small, flat rounds, vaguely similar to sesame seeds. Also comes in red or black
Aroma: subtle sweetness, hay, hint of bitterness unless absolutely fresh
Taste: earthy, mildly bitter
Uses: salads, stir-fries, soups, pilaf
Notes: rinse quinoa before cooking to remove bitter coating. Red and black quinoa are visually interesting, but not ideal tasting (to me) on their own. Blend them with ivory quinoa for a more successful dish. When quinoa is cooked, a small spiral “tail” appears around the center of the grain.
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