What is Quinoa?

Quinoa is grown in the mountainous Andean regions of Bolivia and Peru

People often refer to quinoa as being a grain but it is in fact a seed. Quinoa has been an important part of the Andean diet for over 3000 years. It has been in cultivation in the northwest corner of South America since early Incan civilization.

History tells us that when the Spanish invaded South America they destroyed the quinoa crop and replaced it with Eurpoean cereals. They wiped out all production at sea level but thankfully didn’t go high into the mountains where the peasants lived. It was here where quinoa remained in annual crop rotation for the Incans.

The Incans believe quinoa is ‘running food’ and the ‘mother grain’  because of its power to increase the stamina of the Incan warriors. Pronounced ‘KeenWah’ (hence our brand and no more confusion), this ancient seed is NUTRITIOUS, DELICIOUS and VERSATILE.

Perhaps the most striking benefit is its nutritional richness. When the nutrient composition of this food is analysed in depth, the results are outstanding. 
In terms of nutritional value, this little seed has it all.

Quinoa’s unique qualities led NASA to include it as part of its astranauts’ diet on long space missions. A 1993 NASA technical paper says: “While no single food can supply all the essential life sustaining nutrients, quinoa comes as close as any other in the plant or animal kingdom.”

If you haven’t already introduced quinoa into your diet – we think it’s time you did!

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