The Curious Product – Quinoa

Quinoa is a relatively unusual ingredient to many of us. Found in the seed, grain and dried fruit and bean section it is most of the time unnoticed. It looks a bit like a cross between a sesame seed and millet. The taste is a bit nutty, crunchy, and yet fluffy. It is a bit like rice but with a crunch. It is excellent in stews and soups, in stir-fries and casseroles and fantastic to use cold in salads. It can be used like rice and it can be added to hearty soups to give them more body.

During the Spring and Summer months, quinoa can be sprouted and used as live food in salads and in sandwiches. If the grains are dry toasted before boiling they will have a nutty toasted flavour. They can also be dry roasted and popped and added to cereals. Quinoa can be cooked in fruit juice and used in deserts! Can it be any more versatile? (more…)