At Kiwi Quinoa we are proud to call ourselves the only producers of quinoa in the country. Our quinoa stands out from imported quinoa: it is grown using sustainable farming methods and is not processed or polished, as it does not contain bitter saponins found in most other quinoa varieties. The end result is a whole, unadulterated grain which has a rich, nutty flavour and is ready to cook with minimal rinsing. At Kiwi Quinoa we believe this adds to what is already a truly amazing food.
Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) is native to the South American continent. It has been consumed for thousands of years and was known as the “Mother Grain” by the Incas. Technically it is not a grain but a pseudocereal, meaning it is a seed which is prepared and consumed like a grain. Once a staple for the Andean people, it has recently exploded in popularity world-wide on the back of a rich nutritional profile.
Quinoa is one of the few plant foods that is considered a complete protein. This means that it contains all nine essential amino acids (including lysine) that are critical for our body to be able to build and repair itself.
Quinoa contains a variety of antioxidant phytonutrients, including ferulic, coumaric, hydroxybenzoic, and vanillic acid. It is plentiful in flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol, sometimes at concentrations greater than in high-flavonoid berries such as cranberry and lingonberry.
Still not impressed? One cup of quinoa contains around a third of our recommended daily intake for Magnesium. It contains around four times the amount of Iron than brown rice and over half of our RDI of Manganese just to name a few.
A cup of cooked quinoa has a GI of 53 and provides slow-release energy through complex carbohydrates.
Quinoa contains oleic acid which is linked to reduced blood pressure and heart disease risk. It also contains the heart friendly omega-3 fatty acids.
Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat and barley which can cause gut problems in people with coeliac disease. Not only is quinoa naturally gluten-free, it provides a nutritionally superior alternative to gluten-free foods.
PERCENT PROTEIN - HIGHER THAN IMPORTED QUINOA
YEARS QUINOA HAS BEEN EATEN
ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS - A COMPLETE PROTEIN SOURCE
MONTHS UNTIL HARVEST
Quinoa. Keeeeen-wa? Qwa-no-ah? So how do you say it?
Despite what some people may tell you, you can pronounce quinoa as 'keen-wa' or 'qui-noah'.
So no matter how you get your mouth around it, there's no reason to feel awkward when asking for it.