International Year of Quinoa 2013

For all of you have been asking me how to use Quinoa x

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Did you know that 2013 is the International Year of Quinoa?

This was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in recognition of ancestral practices of the Andean people, who have preserved quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) as food for present and future generations, through knowledge and practices of living in harmony with nature.

Indeed, the crop value of this ancient grain (technically a seed, not a grain) has tripled with its popularity spreading worldwide as a high protein, gluten-free, source of dietary fibre and minerals. This has done wonders for the South American farmers who grow it, but has disadvantaged the local communities who can no longer afford it.

Luckily, here in Australia, we have some organic growers who have started producing quinoa from north-west Tasmania.

Quinoa is a fantastic source of calcium, magnesium and iron which makes it very useful for vegetarians and vegans and those who are lactose intolerant. In its…

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