Types of quinoa.
Choose white (or yellow), red or black quinoa. White is the most bland, and brands typically package a tri-color blend to liven it up, Forberg says. Red tastes slightly nuttier than white, and black is “an even fuller, nuttier, earthier flavor than red.” Which type you choose is a matter of taste and preference, but keep in mind that some cost more than others. In 2011, for example, a worldwide shortage spiked red quinoa’s price to more than $4 for 16 ounces, up from $2. These days, a 16-ounce box at Trader Joe’s goes for $3.99.