Black quinoa is a type of quinoa that is a cross of white quinoa and lamb’s quarter, a type of grain. The resulting crossbreed quinoa seed has a darker color than white quinoa and a crunchier texture. It also has a slightly sweeter taste and is typically harder to find than the more popular red and white quinoa varieties. It is gluten-free and is a popular option for those who regularly shop at specialty health food stores. Quinoa is a rich source of many nutrients such as protein, iron, B vitamins, anthocyanin, copper, manganese, and alpha-linolenic acid that help boost health in many ways.
- Black quinoa is one of the few plant-based sources for complete proteins – proteins that contain all ten essential amino acids.
- It is one of the best vegetarian sources of protein available.
- This rather unique form of quinoa also has slightly more fiber content than other types of quinoa.
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