Everyone seems to be adding Quinoa to their recipes and to what they eat it seems.
There is a lot to know about quinoa.
I had no idea about some of these 27 Things You May Not Know About Quinoa.
27 Things You May Not Know About Quinoa
Are you on the quinoa train yet?
You may want to give it a try if you have not as of yet once you read these 27 Things You May Not Know About Quinoa.
- Quinoa is originally from the area of Bolivia, Chile and Peru.
- 80% of the quinoa grown today is from South America- Bolivia and Peru.
- Quinoa is a protein-rich seed that is considered by many to be a whole grain.
- Having trouble pronouncing quinoa. you are probably not alone. Quinoa is pronounced as “keen-wah”.
- Quinoa is considered to be a good source of potassium.
- Quinoa is gluten-free making it’s flour a popular substitute for wheat flour.
- Quinoa’s popularity is partly due to it being rich in protein.
- How does quinoa stack up to oatmeal? It has almost twice the amount of protein found in oats, and a bit more fiber and iron.
- There are over one hundred varieties of quinoa.
- Quinoa has several antioxidants which adds to it’s popularity as a ‘superfood’.
- The quinoa plant can be grown without pesticides, because it produces a natural substance that prevents the invasion of pests.
- Quinoa can be stored at room temperature in its original packaging uncooked for several months.
- A 1/4 cup serving of quinoa has 158 calories, is a great source of potassium, is a very good source of manganese, and is also a good sources of magnesium, iron, tryptophan, copper and phosphorus.
- Quinoa has a nutty taste, making it popular when sprinkled on smoothies and other food.
- Quinoa contains heart-healthy fats that are said to be able to boost your “good cholesterol.”
- Quinoa is in the same plant family with Swiss chard, spinach, and sugar beets.
- 1 cup cooked Quinoa has Dietary 5.2 grams of Fiber.
- 1 cup cooked Quinoa has 8.1 grams of protein.
- 1 cup cooked Quinoa has 31 grams of Calcium.
- 1 cup cooked Quinoa has 118 grams of Magnesium.
- 1 cup cooked Quinoa has 0.2 mg of Thiamin.
- Stored in a refrigerator in it’s packaging, quinoa can last up to six months.
- Quinoa is known as one of the few plant foods that is a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids.
- To cook quinoa combine 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water or stock and simmer until tender- about 15 minutes.
- White quinoa variety is the most popular in the US. Red and black are also popular varieties.
- Quinoa can be eaten raw or uncooked if the quinoa seeds have been soaked and rinsed several times before being packaged for sale.
- Five ways to prepare your quinoa: quinoa can be served as a hot cereal, alone as a side dish, in a pasta salad, substituted for rice in a recipe, or used as a substitute for other grains in a recipe.
What did you learn from this list of 27 Things You May Not Know About Quinoa?
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