Quinoa is a grain that was cultivated in the ancient Incan Civilization in countries such as Chile, Bolivia, and Peru.
It grows well in many climatic conditions like arid areas, high altitudes, or soil with high concentrations of salt, sand, and clay.
There are many types of quinoa and these are usually categorized based on climatic conditions in which they grow. While there are many hues of the quinoa grain, the most commonly used ones are traditional quinoa that is a pale ivory shade, and a dark red variety called Inca red quinoa.
Red quinoa was eaten by Inca warriors who felt that it gave them added energy and strength when they were out at war. They worshipped the red seeds. This is why to this day this is sold as ‘Inca Red Quinoa’.
While red quinoa ranges in color from vivid orange to dark red, when cooked it loses coloring, turning brown. Red quinoa has an earthy and fruity flavor. There are higher levels of phenolic compounds found in red quinoa. It is sold pre-packaged in supermarkets or natural food stores.
Since it retains its shape even after cooking, it is ideal for use in cold salad recipes.
Ingredients: 100% Red Quinoa
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