Compared to the common white quinoa variety, red quinoa has a heavier texture to it. As such it holds up well when cooked alone or when added to cold salads and recipes.
It also retains its red coloring after cooking, which makes it a great option if you’re looking to add some color to your dishes.
As far as flavor goes, red quinoa is commonly described as having a “nutty” or “earthy” flavor to it. It has an overall richer taste and a slightly chewier texture compared to white quinoa.
One of the great benefits of red quinoa is its high concentration of lysine, which is an important amino acid, aiding in the formation and repair of brain cells.