🌞 Quinoa was the principle "grain" of the Incas. It was referred to as the Mother Grain. It was used in spiritual and household activities.
🌞 Quinoa isn't a true grain, since it doesn't belong to the grass family. Strangely enough it belongs to the same family as beets, spinach, and chard.
🌞 Quinoa is best grown above 10,000 feet and flourishes under extreme conditions.
🌞 There are hundreds of varieties of Quinoa. Peru and Bolivia alone have over 1800 varieties stored in the seed banks.
🌞 Although, the most common commercial quinoa is a pale yellow and less commonly red or black, quinoa comes in many colors, including pink, orange, yellow, lavender, purple, green, black and white.
🌞 Quinoa is a high energy food. It's easy to digest and high in insoluble fibers, which increases the full feeling and feeds the beneficial bacteria in the colon.
🌞 Quinoa not only has a high protein content, but is also a complete protein, containing all 20 amino acids.
🌞 Quinoa also contains healthy fats and holds more calcium than cows milk.
🌞 Quinoa was used by the Incas as a powerful stimulant to the flow of milk for nursing mothers.
🌞 Quinoa contains the antioxidant, quercitin, which is important for it's ability to fight free radical damage related to a large number of diseases. In fact it contains one of the highest levels found in any food!
🌞 Quinoa is beneficial for vegetarians since it's a complete protein and it's also gluten free and tolerated well by most celiacs.
🌞 Quinoa cooks in about 20 minutes depending on the variety, and can be eaten on it's own, or in soups and salads.
Is Quinoa part of your diet? What is your favorite way to eat it?
Welcome to Farmer's Market Friday
Each week I will feature a vegetable, fruit, nut, seed, or herb.
Farmer's Market Recipe Contest
Submit your recipe for any of the foods included in Farmer's Market Friday. I'll compile my favorites in and ebook (that I'll send you to you).
At the end of each month, I'll pick one winner out of a hat of all the people that submitted that month, to receive a free copy of Deborah Madison's cookbook, Vegetable Literacy or The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone....your choice.