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.
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. Quinoa is one of the only known grains that provide all the essential amino acids needed by the human body.
Quinoa is a versatile, quick cooking and very nutritious. It is often used by people on gluten-free diets.
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.
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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, dirt or debris.
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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 debris should be removed. Store in a dry, airtight container at <25°C.
Origin - Peru
Certification - Control Union