Red quinoa was eaten by Inca warriors who felt that it gave them added energy and strength when they were out at war. They worshipped the red seeds. This is why to this day this is sold as ‘Inca Red Quinoa’.
While red quinoa ranges in color from vivid orange to dark red, when cooked it loses coloring, turning brown. Red quinoa has an earthy and fruity flavor. There are higher levels of phenolic compounds found in red quinoa.