Organic Red Quinoa

Organic Red QuinoaOctober 9, 2012 - Fearlessly Archived - Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.

Trader Joe's Organic Red Quinoa is grown on the edge of the Bolivian Salt Flats, at an altitude of about 12,000 feet. Farmers harvest the crop in May, then carefully wash, rinse, dry, clean again and sort the quinoa by color, before packing it to ship to our stores. For the past several years, the harvest has been meager, leaving us with a bit of a shortage, but this year, the harvest was plentiful, so we're looking forward to having plenty of Organic Red Quinoa on our shelves.

Trader Joe's Organic Red Quinoa is a colorful alternative to rice, couscous or pasta and is gluten free. Red quinoa is a sibling of the more common white quinoa, and while its flavor is pretty much the same, it is in fact richer in both fiber and protein than white quinoa. This ancient grain has more than 5,000 years of history, and was so prized by the ancient Incas that it earned the designation "the mother grain." Unlike most grains, quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids in a balanced protein. It is often cited as one of the best protein sources in the vegetable kingdom.

Use Organic Red Quinoa like you'd use rice. It's that easy, and it cooks faster, too. Combine it with black beans, corn, avocado and a bit of freshly squeezed lime juice for a quick, light, satisfying salad. We're selling Organic Red Quinoa in a 16 ounce resealable bag for $3.99. You'll find it in our grocery aisle.

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