What is quinoa?
Quinoa is an ancient plant native to the Andean region in South America. It has a mild, nutty flavour, light bite and is high in protein and fibre. It’s a great gluten-free subsitute for any type of grain like pasta, rice couscous and oats. Quinoa actually isn’t a grain but a seed and is related to chard, spinach and beets. Moreover, it’s full of essential vitamins, minerals and is a complete protein. This means that it provides all nine essential amino acids that you’re body can’t produce itself. Amino acids keep our muscles strong and our immune system healthy. Most grains miss a few of these amino acids, but quinoa has got them all!
Where are the Dutch quinoa products available?
I'm on a diet, can I eat quinoa?
Quinoa is an extremely nutritious plant-based, gluten-free ingredient. Dutch quinoa is non-GMO and grown without chemical pesticides. Most diets encourage eating quinoa because of its super-food qualities. Quinoa is especially healthy if you are:
-gluten-intolerant: quinoa is gluten-free
-a vegetarian: quinoa provides all essential amino acids and is rich in iron
-an athlete: quinoa is rich in proteins and magnesium
-a child or a senior: quinoa has a complete profile of nutrients and is rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber
-diabetic: quinoa has a low glycemic index (as opposed to potatoes, pasta and rice)
-pregnant: quinoa is rich in folic acid
How do I cook quinoa?
It’s very easy! The ratio is 1 cup of uncooked quinoa to 2 cups of liquid. We would recommend about 50 grams of quinoa per person. Bring the quinoa to a boil and let it cook for about 10-12 minutes. The seeds will take up all of the water, so no need to drain the quinoa.
Tip: add a stock cube to the quinoa for extra flavour.
How long is the shelf life of quinoa?
The shelf life of quinoa is around 30 months.
Where does the Dutch quinoa grow?
Our farmers are situated throughout the country. The quinoa is grown in the provinces Noord-Brabant, Zeeland, Limburg, Gelderland, Zuid- en Noord-Holland, Flevoland en Groningen.
Do I need to rinse the quinoa seeds?
No. The regular quinoa does need to be rinsed because it contains saponin, which can give a bitter taste to the quinoa. Our quinoa is saponin-free, so you don’t need to rinse the seeds in advance, just cook them!
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