What Does Quinoa Taste Like?

Uncooked Quinoa grainWhat is Quinoa?

Quinoa is a pseudocereal or seed that, although it bears similarities to grain, 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.


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.

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