Quinoa has become the punch-line of many people’s health food jokes, but behind the humour is a delicious and versatile food. It also good for weight loss, and has been revered for thousands of years.
Just so you know – Quinoa is pronouned ‘keenwah’ not “Quin-Noah”.
- Quinoa is ancient! It was referred to by the Incas as the mother of all grains.
- The Incas thought it was sacred, and the Inca Emperor would traditionally sow the first seeds of the season using “golden implements”!
- Quinoa was thought to have been domesticated between 3,000 and 5,000 BCE!
- In modern times, due to it’s high nutritional value it is often referred to as a superfood.
- It’s recent popularity means it’s is worth almost 40 times as much as in 1970!
- Quinoa is often referred to as a grain, as that is how it is cooked, but is in fact a seed!
- Quinoa contains 18 percent more protein than any other (so-called) grains.
- It is considered a ‘complete source of proten’ meaning that it provides all necessary amino acids.
- It also has more fiber than both brown rice and corn.
- It is also gluten-free, and excellent for those with wheat or gluten intolerance.
- The colour of quinoa can range from yellow to pink to black.
- Quinoa is a good source of antioxidants and minerals.
Find all my recipes for Quinoa here: http://mahindriskill.com/ingredient/quinoa/