This NPR story confirms what those of us who have been buying quinoa from Trader Joe's and elsewhere already know: the price has gone up! Is it because quinoa is in demand as a higher-protein gluten free alternative to many of the "first generation" gluten free flours? (Above image from is not likely of Bolivia; it's licensed by Creative Commons). Read the fascinating story, below.
But, first, you might wonder where I shop for quinoa. I've seen regular and red quinoa in the box, and I've also purchased it in bulk. The price has generally risen steadily from 2011 (when I originally wrote this post) until 2019: from around $2.00/pound to around $4.00 - $5.00/pound.
Buying in bulk is not necessarily less expensive than buying boxed.
Quinoa is one of my favorite gluten free grains, as it has a bit of a nutty flavor and does well dressed up with either butter or rice vinegar and cilantro.
My go-to stores for quinoa? Whole Foods, PCC Community Markets, Marlene's Market and Deli, and Trader Joe's.
Click: Demand for quinoa great for Bolivian farmers.
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