Quinoa (prounounced keen-wa) was a staple food for the South American
Indians living in the high altitudes of the Andes Mountains. It was
immensely popular because it was one of few crops that could survive in
such high altitudes (10,000 - 20,000 feet above sea level). It could
withstand frost, intense sun and the often dry conditions that
characterized the Andean climate. It was also recognized for its
superior nutritional qualities. For these reasons, it was dubbed "mother
of all grains" by the Incas, so much so that it came to have spiritual
significance for them. Many traditions and ceremonies surrounded the
cultivation, harvest and consumption of quinoa.
Quinoa is a “pseudo-grain”—actually a gluten-free seed, but used in
cooking like a whole grain. This nutrient-rich grain is a wonderful
source of complete protein, providing all of the essential amino acids.
It is also a good source of dietary fiber. Naturally gluten free, this
powerful little grain is a great addition to any diet, but is an ideal
solution for those following a gluten free, vegan or vegetarian diet
that are looking to increase their protein and fiber.
Quinoa is delicious on its own and the earthy flavor of quinoa makes it
ideal for pilafs, soups and salads. Unlike many whole grains, quinoa
takes very little time to prepare and can be substituted anywhere whole
grains are used. It is a nutritious alternative to couscous and white
rice in most recipes. Use it for a hot breakfast cereal or add uncooked
quinoa to breads for a delightful crunch. Why be boring with macaroni
salad for your next potluck? Our simply titled, Quinoa Salad
is one of our most popular recipes and sure to impress your friends and
prove your culinary expertise. Mix up your dinner menu with our Sopa de Quinoa,
a South American soup that is sure to warm your insides and nourish
your soul. No matter how you serve it, quinoa is a wonderful addition to
Nutrient Facts Serving Size:
1/4 cup (46g dry) Servings Per Container:
Amount Per Serving % Daily
Calories from Fat
* Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your
daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients: organic whole grain quinoa
*Manufactured in a facility that also uses tree nuts and soy.