What is Quinoa? It has been touted as a superfood, so what exactly makes it so super?
Quinoa looks like a grain, but it is actually a seed. It is often called a grain because it is used and cooked like one. Originally grown in the Andes, it has the positive points of being high in protein, iron and fibre. Quinoa is a great low GI seed, which makes it perfect for diabetics. The United Nations have even named 2013 the International Year of Quinoa because they see the exceptional nutritional value of the seed, and its potential to contribute in the fight against malnutrition and hunger around the world.
Quinoa has a mild, slightly nutty texture which is a little like couscous. It can be used in salads, cooked and shaped into patties, used as a substitute for pasta or rice, and even used for thickening up soups. Try Quinoa yourself with this tasty recipe 🙂