February 6, 2012 - Fearlessly Archived - Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
Ancient Grain, Colorful Array!
In this, the year 2012, we're going to make the assumption that you already know quinoa (that's keen-wah) is an ancient grain that's been around since the time of Incan civilization and is one of the best sources of protein in the entire vegetable kingdom. By now, you probably know it's great-tasting and versatile, as good cold as it is hot, and as appropriate on the breakfast table (like oatmeal) as it is on the dinner table (as a side or part of a main dish).
But did you know quinoa grows in three colors? How cool is that? And Trader Joe's has it? Even cooler. Trader Joe's Organic Tricolor Quinoa is a blend of red, black and golden quinoa, grown in the Bolivian Andes at an elevation of 13,000 feet, then packed just for us. You can use it exactly as you'd use any other quinoa—the colors don't much change the flavor, so you can expect the mild, nutty flavor that's characteristic of this grain in every bite.
Because you're buying it from Trader Joe's, you can also expect a great price. We're selling each one pound resealable bag of Organic Tricolor Quinoa for $4.99, every day. You'll find it in our grocery aisle.
Mango and Black Bean Quinoa Salad—Get the recipe!