What is the quinoa?
Quinoa is an Andean grain considered a superfood that is characterized by having a high nutritional value, mainly contains proteins and essential amino acids. These are provided by its seed, which allows it to match the protein quality of the milk.
What nutrients does quinoa have?
Quinoa has a considerable amount of nutrients. Being, one of the few foods that contains the nine essential amino acids that our body needs to build muscle and recover from hard workouts.
Quinoa is a source of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D and E), water-soluble vitamins (vitamin C, folic acid, thiamine and riboflavin) and minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese.
The also called «grain of the Incas» offers a significant amount of complex carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats such as omega 6 and omega 3. Being, of great help in the growth and repair of cell tissue.
Also, due to its high fiber intake (between 10 and 16g per 100g) helps improve digestion, preventing constipation, improves intestinal transit and problems with the digestive system.
Therefore, the consumption of this cereal is important because it is not only an ideal food to maintain optimal health, but also for the recovery of our body from infections or diseases.
What varieties of quinoa exist?
According to the National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA), there are about 100 quinoa cultivars.
The improved varieties of quinoa obtained by INIA are: Salcedo INIA, Illpa INIA, INIA 415-Pasankalla, INIA 420-Negra Collana, INIA 427-Amarilla Sacaca and INIA 431-Altiplano. Finally, last year a new variety was added «INIA 441-Lord of the Garden», which was developed in the region of Ayacucho.
To these varieties are added those generated by Peruvian universities: Blanca de Junín, Amarilla Maranganí, Blanca de Juli, Kankolla, Hulhuas, Rosada de Junín, Huacariz, Ayacuchana INIA, Mantaro, Rosada de Yanamango, Cheweca and Rosada Taraco. These are widely used by farmers and in high demand in local, national and international markets.
How to wash and cook quinoa?
In 3 simple steps you can achieve an excellent preparation to enjoy all the flavor of this rich and nutritious food.
STEP 1: Wash
Before cooking quinoa, you must undergo a thorough washing, which will allow to remove any toxic substance. For this, you must have the appropriate elements, in this case they are a good container and natural water.
To start, you should soak the quinoa with enough water to cover all the quinoa grains for about 20 minutes, and then drain.
Then proceed to wash it with new water to cover it, stir it well in this water and drain it, then cover it again with new water and perform the same washing and draining procedure 4 to 5 times.
STEP 2: Cook
Place a pot and put for each portion of quinoa twice of water; then boil for 15 minutes or until the grain opens.
STEP 3: Serving
When the grain has opened, turn off the fire, let stand for a few minutes, strain and let dry at room temperature, this way you will have the quinoa clean and ready to cook your favorite dishes or follow one of our recipes.
What benefits does quinoa have?
Quinoa is a cereal of Andean origin, which has a greater amount of nutritional principles that bring benefits to our health. Among the main benefits we find: Protects the heart, strengthens the immune system, serves as an antioxidant and relieves stress. It also helps prevent cancer, helps fight celiac disease, diabetic and helps control weight. It also strengthens skin, hair, nails and joints, provides energy, improves sleep quality, and more.
What recipes can be made?
One of the best ways to enjoy the benefits of quinoa is through different recipes that highlight its flavor and texture. From fresh and colorful salads to warm and comforting dishes, the culinary possibilities with quinoa are endless. Whether as a side dish, main ingredient or in healthy desserts. Quinoa adds nutritional value and a special touch to any meal. Quinoa-based recipes will inspire you to incorporate quinoa into your kitchen and delight your loved ones with healthy, tasty meals.