Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) originates from the Andes and was eaten at the time of the Incan civilisation. Long ago, it was honored as the ‘mother of all grains’, now it is known as a ‘super grain’ due its excellent nutritional properties. Quinoa is a balanced-amino acid high source of rich protein. It is gluten-free, wheat-free, easy to digest and is one of the least allergenic foods existing. Quinoa is a great alternative for almost any grain in any recipe.
In 1987, a pair of farmers decided to plant quinoa in their farm in Colorado. A few years after their experimental planting, they found that a whole new plant variety, taller than traditional quinoa with deep-purple seed heads was growing. The traditional quinoa seed had somehow crossbred with lamb’s quarter, a North American grain, and the result was black quinoa. A new variety of this very nutritious food was born in Colorado.
Black quinoa apart from the darker hue has a crunchier texture with a strong flavor compared to white quinoa. Black quinoa has an incomparable taste but is not easily available. Many chefs consider it a unique culinary experience.
Black quinoa cooks quickly although it has slightly higher fibre content. The unique black colour is due to the presence of anthocyanins that prevent UV damage and oxidation of the plant. Anthocyanins are also said to protect the body against free radicals, chronic diseases, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc.
Black quinoa provides similar nutritive benefits as other types of quinoa. It is a source of complete protein, containing all the amino acids required by the body. Apart from this it contains B vitamins, dietary fibre, vitamin E, iron, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc. Quinoa is also rich in manganese, copper and folate. It has small quantities of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. It has greater quantities of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats compared to grains like wheat.
Before use, be sure to wash the quinoa thoroughly to remove the saponin which is a natural bitter seed coating that the quinoa has. Cook as you would for rice.
Gluten free, dairy free, vegan.
Ingredients: Black quinoa.
Certified organic by Australian Certified Organic (201).
Product of Bolivia.