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.
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
- Make organic quinoa porridge for breakfast and top it with your favourite fresh fruit or berries.
- Use organic rolled quinoa as a gluten free breakfast porridge or cereal.
- Use organic quinoa flour when baking bread or muffins
- Substitute potatoes or rice with a nutritious quinoa side dish. Try this Coriander, Parsley, Lemon & Organic Quinoa Salad recipe
- Mix in cooked quinoa to your favourite salad or sandwich filling (e.g. chicken or tuna with mayonnaise and quinoa)
- Add cooked quinoa to your favourite soup or stew. Try this organic quinoa with egyptian spiced chicken recipe!
- Bake gluten free desserts. Try our quinoa fruit crumble
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.
Ingredients: Organic red quinoa seed
Serving Size: 50g
|Av per 100g|
|Fat Total (g):||7.8|
|Fat Saturated (g):||0.8|
We pack a wide range of natural food products on shared equipment including nuts, seeds, grains and cereals. This includes sesame, peanuts, soy and gluten. While we do our best to avoid any kind of cross contamination this can occasionally occur and any of our products may contain traces of these.