There are around 120 species of quinoa plants and over 1800 varieties available around the world. White quinoa has a mild, sweet and subtle flavour, similar to white rice, unlike its darker cousins which have an earthier and fruitier flavor. White quinoa is a complete source of protein, containing all required amino acids. It is also an excellent source of folate, fiber, carbohydrates, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, iron and several phytochemicals. White quinoa is a great source of proteins for vegans and vegetarians. Being gluten-free, it is an ideal source of nutrition for those with celiac disease and other gluten-intolerance conditions.