Quinoa truly is a ‘super food’.
It’s high in protein, with roughly double the amount of protein that is found in rice. It’s Gluten free, GMO free and is a great source of dietary fibre. We could go on but you get the picture.
An ancient and futuristic grain
Quinoa is not actually a grain but a pseudo-cereal closely related to beetroot and spinach. Originating in Peru and Bolivia, quinoa has been harvested by the Andean people for more than 4000 years. It was a sacred crop to the Incas who referred to it as ‘mother of all grains’.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation also recognised the incredible value of this plant and declared 2013 ‘The International Year of Quinoa’.
Quinoa is being considered by NASA as a potential crop to offer nutrition for astronauts on sustained spaceflight missions.