Tuesday June 27, 2006

Quinoa

I discovered quinoa in the Company cafeteria. Qunoa is a grain crop from South America, where it has been an important food for 6,000 years.

Quinoa was of great nutritional importance within pre-columbian Andean civilizations, being secondary only to the potato, and followed in third place by maize. In contemporary times this crop has come to be highly appreciated for its nutritional value, and the United Nations has classified it as a supercrop for its very high protein content (13%). Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete foodstuff. This means it takes less quinoa protein to meet one's needs than wheat protein. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten free and considered easy to digest.

Cooked, it looks like puffed sesame seeds and has a slightly nutty taste. Rich and I found some at Whole Foods Market in the bulk foods aisle and we've been experimenting.

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Comments

Trader Joe's carries a few seasoned varieties as well. Good stuff!