Organic Red Quinoa 12KG

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    Organic red quinoa is a nutritious, naturally gluten-free grain. It is versatile, quick cooking and often used combined with white quinoa or rice. It has more of an earthy taste than it's white cousin but less than the black. Delicious! Read full description
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    Organic Quinoa pronounced 'keen-wa' is a gluten-free grain that is rich in essential amino acids, vitamin B2, E and A, & contains more iron than any other grain. Red quinoa is more 'hearty' tasting than it's white cousin, it the way brown rice compares to white. It's flavour is much more earthy.

    Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) was cultivated and eaten by pre-Incan cultures 6000 years ago. The Incas considered it magical because of its high nutritional value calling it 'Chisiya mama' - mother grain. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization observes that Quinoa is closer to the ideal protein balance than any other common grain. Quinoa is one of the only known grains that provide all the essential amino acids needed by the human body.

    Apart from the colour, white, black and red quinoa varieties share the same nutritional profile but has slightly different uses due to texture.

    Visit our recipe section for quinoa recipes and serving ideas...

    So...were you wondering...

    What is the difference between Quinoa and Amaranth?

    Nutritionally quinoa and amaranth are very similar; they are higher in protein than rice and contain all your essential amino acids unlike most grains. Both grains originated in South America; historically quinoa was grown by the Incas and the Aztecs grew amaranth. They both sprout a little tail once cooked and are gluten-free.

    From a culinary perspective, quinoa is a much more versatile grain and can be used in any recipe calling for rice. It can also be used in soups, stews and salads and makes a great pilaf. Amaranth is a smaller grain and is usually used to thicken soups or casseroles. They can both be mixed with rice and served combined.

    Or...were you wondering...

    What is the difference between RED Quinoa, and WHITE Quinoa?

    Apart from the colour, red and white quinoa are very similar and can be used in the same recipes. Red quinoa has a slightly more fibrous texture and is a little crunchier once cooked. It will take about the same time to cook both types of quinoa. This is the same with black quinoa.

    All grains should be rinsed thoroughly under running water before cooking, and any dirt or foreign matter that has made its way to you from the farm should be removed. Store in a dry, airtight container at <25°C.

    How To Use

    Quinoa naturally has a bitter coating called saponin that protects it from birds, insects and the intense high-altitude sunlight where it is grown. This coating must be removed to make the grain palatable. Most quinoa (including ours) has already been rinsed prior to use to remove the coating but should still be rinsed in a fine strainer under cold running water until the water runs clear to remove any residual residue or dirt.

    Simple ways to include more quinoa in your diet

    To cook: Add 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water or stock, bring to the boil then cover and simmer for 15-20 mins. Once cooked a tiny white spiral appears encircling the grain.

    Quinoa is a great alternative to rice so use it to accompany stir-frys or meat dishes. It is also great in baking particularly cakes, muffins, porridge and salads.

    Growing and Processing

    Quinoa is native to South America where it growns well in a cool mountain climate. The quinoa plant is a relative of beets, spinach and Swiss chard, but we treat its seeds as we would a grain, preparing and eating them in much the same way. The Quinoa seed is a small oval disk about 1.5-2 mm in diameter. As it grows, the seed is coated with a dark, almost black layer of 'saponin' that has a bitter, soapy taste. Saponin is the plant's natural defence against insects, birds and other small animals that might want to eat it on the stock. Once harvested, the seeds are removed from the stalk, cleaned of any dirt and bacteria, rinsed to remove the saponin and packaged. No insecticides or pesticides are used during the growing process and no preservatives or additives are used during the processing of the product at any stage.

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    • Cane Sugar Free
    • Dairy Free
    • Egg Free
    • Gluten Free
    • Kosher
    • Nut Free
    • Raw
    • Vegan
    • Vegetarian
    • Wheat Free
    • Paleo
    • High Fibre
    • Low Sodium
    • Low Fat
    • Diabetes Friendly

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