Quinoa

Tip Tuesday 2/14/17

  1. It is considered as the “mother of all grains,” it was an important crop for the Inca Empire over 5,000 years ago
  2. It is basically a seed, but prepared and eaten like a grain
  3. It has become extremely trendy over the past few years and has recently reached superfood status
  4. The 3 main types are white, red, and black
  5. It is majority protein, making it more of a protein than a grain
  6. It is much higher in fiber than most grains, with one source finding 17-27 grams of fiber per cup.
  7. It is Gluten Free
  8. It has a naturally bitter coating called saponin that acts as an insecticide
  9. It is seen as a complete protein because it contains all of the essential amino acids
  10. The ratio for cooking quinoa is 1 part quinoa to 2 parts liquid