Tasmanian Organic Quinoa
All Quinoa previously has been imported from South and North America and has high food miles. Kindred Organics Quinoa is grown, harvested, cleaned and polished on the farm.
The only food miles this Quinoa has is going from the Kindred farm to its destination – your plate.
This Quinoa is not washed, heated or dried and has its natural colour, it is full of flavour and has a nutty taste, the leaves are serated and also have a delicious taste.
Facts about Quinoa
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wá) is a grain-like seed. It was already cultivated over 5000 years ago in the Andean region of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile.
The Quinoa grain comes closer to meeting the genuine protein requirements of the human body than either cow’s milk or soybeans.
You can eat the leaves and the seed. Decorate dishes, specially wth the autumn colours.
Don’t trow the washing water away, you can use this soapy water for washing your dishes. The sapponin part also lowers your cholesterol.
Quinoa is not a true cereal grain it can be eaten by people who suffer from cereal grain allergies. Sometimes Quinoa is referred to as “pseudo-cereal” because it is a broadleaf non-legume that is grown for grains, unlike the true grains and corn which are grasses.
Cooking with Quinoa
Quinoa in its natural state has a coating that is bitter tasting.That’s why Quinoa needs to be washed before consumption.
Wash and stir 3 or 4 times in water, or wash till water is clear. Never soak Quinoa before washing. The bitterness will be absorbed by the seed and you will never get the bitterness out.
The first 2 washes are very important – the first wash will be dark and frothy; the second wash is not as dark as the first. The water will get clearer with every wash.
With cooking don’t put too much water on top, the washing makes the product already wet. Not more than 12mm or ½ inch of water on top, too much water makes it soggy.
Cook for 10-12 min check and let it dry out a bit in its own heat. Don’t cook it for too long or cook on to high or you’ll overcook the Quinoa. Stir a few times when cooking.
Quinoa has a light fluffy texture when cooked, and has a mild nutty flavour. It can be cooked like rice but in half the time.
There are also several other ways to prepare Quinoa: e.g. fried, curried, served as a side dish or a meat substitute and added to salads, soups, breakfast porridges and puddings.