June 23, 2013 in Unique Foods
What it is: Quinoa is a pseudocereal or seed that, although it bears similarities, is not a grain. It can be prepared in similar ways to a grain however. It’s commonly used in place of rice and can also be used to make bread. Because it’s not a grain and is gluten free, it’s often used by people with allergies. It’s also claimed as a super food by many health groups.
How it tastes: Yellow quinoa tastes similar to couscous but with less flavor. Red quinoa is a lot more flavorful and has a nutty flavor. Quinoa is often described as being ‘earthy’ or ‘muddy’ in taste. It’s important to wash quinoa before cooking, as not doing so can leave a bitter flavor.
Tips: Quinoa is gluten free, cholesterol free, kosher, high in manganese, fiber, magnesium and copper. It’s a great alternative for people watching their diet who don’t want to cut out a certain taste group completely.