What is the difference between red and white Quinoa ?

Question by MINDY: What is the difference between red and white Quinoa ?
I am new to Quinoa and bought the red today. I cooked it as it said on the box and it has sort of a chewy texture. Is that how it is supposed to taste? The instructions said the color would turn translucent, but I really couldn’t see that so I let it simmer a bit longer. Still looked the same.
Any advice about Quinoa would be appreciated. Thanks ! 🙂

Best answer:

Answer by maigen_obx
I think the red tastes better than the white, but that’s a personal preference. You cook it until it looks a little bit like the kernel exploded. The ratio is 2 to 1. Usually when all the water is gone, the quinoa is cooked. If you’re at a higher elevation that is subject to change. I put some olive oil and Tastefully Simple Season Salt in the water when cooking it.

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  1. I love red quinoa because it’s a bit higher in fiber and protein. I find it always cooks in 15 minutes and has a nutty flavor and slight crunch.
    Here’s a bit of info for you:

    “Quinoa grains range in color from ivory to pinks, brown to reds, or almost black depending on the variety. There are over 120 species of Chenopodium, but only three main varieties are cultivated; one producing very pale seeds, called the white or sweet variety; a dark red fruited variety called red quinoa; and a black quinoa. The seeds are similar in size to millet but are flat with a pointed oval shape and look like a cross between a sesame seed and millet. Quinoa has a delightful characteristic that is all it’s own: as it cooks, the outer germ around each grain twists outward forming a little white, spiral tail, which is attached to the kernel. The grain itself is soft and delicate and the tail is crunchy which creates and interesting texture combination and pleasant “crunch” when eating the grain. Quinoa has a fluffy consistency and a mild, delicate, slightly nutty flavor that borders on bland.”

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