Quinoa is a fast rising star in the health food world because of its impressive nutritional profile, versatility, delicious taste and because it’s naturally gluten free (read more on that below).
First fact first: Quinoa is pronounced keen-wah. Here I am going around pronouncing quin-oah, thinking I’m so clever for knowing what it is, when in fact I sound like an idiot. Now you don’t have to make the same mistake. You’re welcome.
Quinoa is a seed having an identity crisis as a pseudo-grain and pseudo-cereal, as it looks much like a whole grain and is used in the same way. It has been harvested in South America for over 5000 years, lovingly nicknamed “the gold of the Incas”. It has a soft texture, with a pleasant, slightly nutty flavor. Read the rest of this post »