A quick-cooking, disc-shaped seed, quinoa is appreciated for its protein content making it a healthful choice for vegetarians. Quinoa has a delicate, fluffy texture with a slightly, nutty flavor and light crunch. Both Red and Black Quinoa is firmer than original Quinoa when cooked. Add to salads, soups and stews, use as a breakfast cereal or dessert. Quinoa is gluten-free.