What’s this thing called ‘quinoa?’

There are lots of recipes out now which call for quinoa.  What is quinoa, and how do you pronounce that word anyway?

Quinoa – pronounced “keen-wa” – is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds.  It is not a true cereal, but is closely related to species such as beets, spinach and tumbleweeds.  It originated in the Andean region of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru and was domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago for human consumption, so it’s been around for a very long time.

Quinoa is very good for you, being rich in essential amino acids.  It is also a good source for calcium, phosphorus and iron.  It has a toasty, nutty flavor, and is wonderful when combined with vegetables and spices.   

Here is a quinoa recipe to tempt you:

Quinoa with Pesto

  • 1 cup