Quinoa is popping up everywhere. But what is it and how do you pronounce it?
It’s a high-protein, gluten-free ancient grain cultivated in Peru, Chile and Bolivia and it’s pronounced KEEN-Wah.
Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain and is also rich in calcium, iron, Vitamin E and has an almost perfect balance of the eight essential amino acids.
Technically, quinoa is not really a grain, but the seeds of the Goosefoot plant. But it is used as a grain to make breads and soups or can be cooked like rice and used as a side dish to a meal.
Substitute quinoa is a dish that you would normally use rice or barley. It has a pleasant light nutty taste and feels good on the tooth.
Quinoa can be found in most natural food stores in the U.S. and Canada.