Just because quinoa is an ancient grain, doesn’t mean it has to taste that way.

Huffington post recently gave readers some dirt on the earthy taste that quinoa sometimes has.

As lamented by Huff Post, even after rinsing, draining and rinsing again, quinoa can still taste a little like dirt. In reality, your dish is perfectly clean and there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just coated with saponin, a natural chemical that helps ward off insects and birds. It has a bitter soapy quality that is sometimes mistaken for dirt.

The best way to remove the taste is to run your quinoa under water “in a fine mesh sieve for at least a minute, moving the quinoa around with your fingers until the water runs clean.”

If that’s not enough, as PureWow shares, you can make your quinoa dishes taste better by using chicken broth or pineapple juice.

With its super food status, quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein, and one of the few plants that contains all nine essential amino acids. Give it an upgrade and try some of our favorite Quinoa Recipes.

Morning Quinoa Bowl

Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Gluten Free Quinoa Chili

Blueberry Quinoa Cereal

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