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