Organic Quinoa pronounced 'keen-wa' is a versatile, ancient grain-like seed. Organic Quinoa is rich in essential amino acids, vitamin B2, E and A, & contains more iron than any other grain. It can be substituted in any recipe calling for rice & is also great in soups and salads. As well as these nutritional benefits of Quinoa, it’s also an exciting gluten free alternative for coeliacs, as a substitute for a range of cereal grains. Vegetarians also love the Quinoa grain, providing a complete source of protein, which is usually only obtainable from mainly animal products.
Until now, Quinoa has only been grown overseas, from places such as Bolivia, Peru and Chile. Honest to Goodness is excited to be one of the first and one of the only suppliers of Australia’s first ever, commercially grown, Organic Quinoa crop! This freshly harvested Australian Organic Quinoa from Kindred Organics is a low food miles crop, which is grown, harvested, polished and packed, all on the certified organic Daman family farm, on the North-West coast of Tasmania. Kindred Organics growers story here!
This Australian Organic Quinoa has a mild and nutty flavour, and has been compared to the likes of cous cous in terms of taste and its light and fluffy texture when cooked.
How to cook quinoa...Add 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water or stock, bring to the boil then cover and simmer for 15mins. Once cooked a tiny white spiral appears encircling the grain.
Imported quinoa is usually prewashed and dried at origin. This Australian one is not, so it is essential to wash it well to rinse off the Saponin. Saponin is the natural bitter seed coating that quinoa has, it stops the seed
being eaten by birds!
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So...were you wondering...
What is the difference between Quinoa & Amaranth and what traits so they share?
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 debris should be removed. Store in a dry, airtight container at <25°C.
Origin - Australia
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