Delicious homegrown superfood
Quinoa. Keeeeen-wa? Qwa-no-ah? So how do you say it? Despite what some people may tell you, you can pronounce quinoa as 'keen-wa' or 'qui-noah'. So no matter how you get your mouth around it, there's no reason to feel awkward when asking for it!
Quinoa has been consumed for thousands of years and was known as the 'mother grain' by the Incas. Native to South America, quinoa has recently exploded in popularity world-wide on the back of a rich nutritional profile.
Kiwi Quinoa is grown by Dan and Jacqui Cottrell in the volcanic soils of the Central Plateau. Kiwi Quinoa is grown spray-free using farming practices that benefit the environment and result in a delicious nutrient-dense quinoa.
Dan and Jacqui harvested their first crop – the first commercially ready quinoa crop harvested in New Zealand – in February 2016. With the success of that first crop, bigger crops have followed and now Kiwi Quinoa can be found on Kiwi dining tables nation-wide.
Quinoa is one of a few plants in the world that is a complete protein meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids (the ones the human body can’t make itself). Kiwi Quinoa is 20% higher in protein and dietary fibre than imported quinoa, making it one of the highest plant-based protein sources available.
Kiwi Quinoa is wholegrain as it has not been processed or polished, so it retains all of its goodness and has a unique golden colour.
Kiwi Quinoa has a delicious mild, nutty flavour - a saponin-free variety of quinoa, which means no bitter aftertaste. Kiwi Quinoa is very light on the stomach and is easy to digest and is gluten free, low GI, GM free, FODMAP friendly and can even be sprouted!
Use Kiwi Quinoa in place of rice, couscous, potatoes or pasta. Use it as a base for just about anything, or a protein boost. Throw it in a salad or curry, make porridge or gluten free baking, use it as a crumb or in a quiche. Kiwi Quinoa is fit for every occasion – from summer BBQ salads to winter warmer soups and chilis.
It’s as simple as rinse, cover and allow to simmer for 20 minutes until the quinoa tails release. Very similar to cooking brown rice. The beauty of Kiwi Quinoa is that it retains its integrity once cooked and does not go gluggy.