Making Great Grains

Many people know Seeds of Change for its seeds of purple peppers, red corn and pink beans. Drought-tolerant, heirloom and rare traditional seeds are what the company made its reputation on. It also was an early advocate for quinoa and other less-familiar grains. These days, the New Mexico-based company is harvesting produce from its seeds and packaging it in soups and grain blends to be sold in supermarkets. Its boxed nine-ingredient Quinoa Blend, for instance, makes an easy 20-minute side dish flavored with red bell peppers, basil, garlic and brown rice. It's convenience food gone organic.

From $2.39 to $2.99 at most Wild Oats and Whole Foods locations and Erewhon in Los Angeles.

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