Quinoa is a flowering plant that originates from the Andean region of Peru. We’re happy to say it is still grown in this region and at altitudes between 8000-13000 ft. For the last 5000 years the quinoa has adapted to the extreme altitudes, making the plant hardier and the finished product full of nutrients. The plant grows between 3-6 feet high and has wide, hairy lobed leaves. The seeds grow within the flowers and are variously colored red, white and black. When the quinoa is ready to be harvested, it is done carefully by hand to avoid losing seeds. The plant is left until the stalks and seeds have dried out and the moisture content is below ten percent. The husks around the seeds need to be removed to avoid germination before being washed, dried and packed.
Quinoa has a nutty taste and fluffy texture, can be used as a replacement for grains, is high in protein, fiber and other beneficial nutrients.