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What is quinoa? About the ingredient quinoa. Including 109 recipes with quinoa, nutrition data, photos, and where to find it.


Quinoa originated in the Andean region of South America, where it has been an important food for 6,000 years. Its name is the Spanishspelling of the Quechua name. Quinoa is generally undemanding and altitude-hardy, so it can be easily cultivated in the Andes up to about 4,000 meters. Even so, it grows best in well-drained soils and requires a relatively long growing season.

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Quinoa was of great nutritional importance in pre-Columbian Andean civilizations, being secondary only to the potato, and was followed in importance by maize. In contemporary times, this crop has become highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (12%–18%). Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), and like oats, quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete protein source among plant foods. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest.

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A common cooking method is to treat quinoa much like rice, bringing two cups of water to a boil with one cup of grain, covering at a low simmer and cooking for 14–18 minutes or until the germ separates from the seed. The cooked germ looks like a tiny curl and should have a slight bite to it (like al dente pasta). As an alternative, one can use a rice cooker to prepare quinoa, treating it just like white rice (for both cooking cycle and water amounts).

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Kirkland Signature Organic Gluten-Free Quinoa from Andean Farmers to your Table - 2.04kg., 4.5lb

Kirkland Signature Organic Gluten-Free Quinoa from Andean Farmers to your Table - 2.04kg., 4.5lb

by Kirkland Signature

Certified Organic Certified Gluten Free Product of Peru - Packed in the USA Pre-washed, no need to rinse. Contains essential amino acids in the right proportions to help support human nutritional needs.


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Organic Quinoa, Vegan, Non-GMO Grain with Protein, Fiber, and Iron (1.5 lbs.)

Organic Quinoa, Vegan, Non-GMO Grain with Protein, Fiber, and Iron (1.5 lbs.)

by BetterBody Foods & Nutrition

NUTRIENT BLEND: Quinoa may be a small seed, but it is full of nutrients that can help men and women of all ages live a better life. In every serving of our organic powder, you'll find many nutrients, including fiber, protein, and iron, making it a great bonus to any meal at home or on the go. SIMPLY ORGANIC: Our Organic Quinoa is USDA organic certified, gluten-free, non-GMO, and kosher, making it a great addition to your pantry, no matter your dietary restrictions. Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or following another strict food regiment, you can easily incorporate this nutritious tricolor grain medley into your diet. COMPLETE PLANT PROTEIN: BetterBody Foods quinoa mix includes white, red, and black quinoa grains that provide nutrients that are great for your body. Each serving contains 6g of organic complete protein and 3g of fiber. Grown in South America, our quinoa also has iron, fiber, and all 9 essential amino acids. RICE REPLACEMENT: The fiber and protein found in quinoa have been known to help curb cravings and satisfy hunger, making it a great replacement for white or brown rice in any meal. Add this nutty, nutritious rice substitute to your pantry for a new staple food that both kids and adults are sure to enjoy. HOW TO COOK: Before cooking your multicolor quinoa, rinse it with water. Once it has been rinsed, combine 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water in a medium pot and bring to a boil. After it begins to boil, cover the pot and reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 15 - 20 minutes until the water is absorbed. It can also be cooked in rice cooker or instapot!


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Organic Quinoa (5lb) by Naturevibe Botanicals, Gluten-Free & Non-GMO | Chenopodium quinoa | Rich in Protein, Iron & Fiber.

Organic Quinoa (5lb) by Naturevibe Botanicals, Gluten-Free & Non-GMO | Chenopodium quinoa | Rich in Protein, Iron & Fiber.

by Naturevibe Botanicals

Premium Quality Pre-washed Organic Quinoa, no need to rinse. Contains all eight amino acids, dietary fiber, protein, vitamin B and iron. Quinoa is low in saturated fat & sodium, contains manganese, phosphorus, and many other essential minerals. 100% Certified Organic Whole Grain, Gluten Free. It has Delicate nutty flavor and is very easy to prepare.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (170g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 635Calories from Fat 88
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.9g 15%
Saturated Fat 1.0g 5%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 35mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 117.1g 39%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars ~
Protein 22.3g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 10% Iron 87%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Quinoa is usually found in the rice & beans section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Quinoa is a member of the Cereal Grains and Pasta USDA nutritional food group.

How much does quinoa weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 170

In Chinese:藜麦
British (UK) term: Quinoa
en français:quinoa
en español:quinoa

Recipes using quinoa

There are 110 recipes that contain this ingredient.

5 Layer Quinoa Lasagna
Asparagus, Tofu and Quinoa Salad with Parmesan and Walnuts
Bean Veggie Burgers with Mexican Spicy Guacamole
Black Bean and Quinoa Chili
Black Bean and Quinoa Salad
Buttermilk, Maple Syrup, Quinoa and Pecan Muffins
Buttermilk, Maple Syrup, Quinoa and Pecan Muffins
Cherry and Quinoa Salad
Chinese Quinoa and Edamame Salad
Easy Garden Quinoa
Easy Quinoa Tabouli
Gluten Free Casein Free Chocolate Avocado Muffins

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