Of all the varieties of quinoa available, black quinoa is the least common due to the fact that it is produced in lower quantities in South America, where quinoa originates.
While it has a similar texture to white and red quinoa varieties, it tends to have an earthier flavor with a slightly sweeter taste than the others.
It holds its color just as well as red quinoa, making it a great ingredient to add to any recipe. You can try using black quinoa in salads, soups, stews, or as a side dish.
One major distinction of black quinoa is that it is the only variety that contains lithium, which is known to be effective as a medication for mania, mood swings, depression, blood disorders, and eating disorders.