Quinoa, Whole Grain

Product Standard: Organic 

Product Brand: Eden Organic

Product Origin: Ecuador

Ingredients: Organic Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) 

Product Features: Kosher, Heart Healthy, Fat Free, Antioxidants, Fiber, Wheat Free, No Gluten, Very Low  Sodium, Macrobiotic- Product Features Explained

 The true 'Mother Grain' of the Andes, organically grown on small family plots at over 11,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. An ancient grain with pleasant texture, great flavor, potent nutrition, and convenience. Cooks in just 12 minutes. Packaged in a protective resealable pouch. Rich in dietary fiber providing 44% daily value (DV) per serving. Provides complete protein with the best amino acids profile of any grain. The Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) of the United Nations rated the nutritional quality of quinoa's protein similar to casein (milk protein). Heart Healthy* whole grain.

EDEN Organic Quinoa Chenopodium quinoa Willd is an ancient staple grain with great flavor, and superior nourishment. It is one of the fastest cooking whole grains, ready in 12 minutes. About the size of millet, each round grain is bound with a narrow germ. When cooked the wispy germ separates from the seed and its delicate, almost crunchy curlicue makes a great contrast to the soft grain.

Eden has worked with a group of Ecuadorian farmers since the early 1980s helping to convert their land, growing methods, and cleaning facility to the highest standard of organic production. EDEN Organic Quinoa is one of the few varieties that can truly be called the 'Mother Grain' of the Americas, organically grown in its native land, on small family plots at over 11,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. Eden's Purchasing Director says, "The soil here is the richest I've ever seen, close to 15 feet deep with a beautiful loamy texture. Worms are abundant and large." The ideal environment, seed, water, and tending methods produce rich nutrition, fluffy texture, and sweet nutty flavor.

Quinoa's natural saponin coating must be removed before it's ready for cooking. While the common method is to soak and wash excessively with water, EDEN Ouinoa is mechanically de-saponized. The saponin is removed by rubbing. This superior method best preserves flavor and nutrients.

Calling it the "Top Secret Superfood," Men's Health Magazine recommended EDEN Organic Quinoa in its April 2007 issue.

Quinoa was first cultivated over 7,000 years ago near the equator in South America and was a staple grain of the Inca, Maya and other native Americans for centuries. In Quechua and Aymara languages, Quinoa means 'Mother Grain'. In recent decades it has become widely popular for its nutrition, flavor and convenience. A relaxing and satisfying whole grain with fast growing global appeal, quinoa has been called 'the rice of the new millennium.'

Quinoa is a gluten free whole grain food. The American Celiac Sprue Association lists quinoa as "consistent with a gluten free diet. Versatile, it can be substituted for any grain, used whole as a hot cereal or ground into flour. Adds moisture to baked goods." The Canadian Celiac Foundation also lists quinoa as an allowed food on the gluten-free diet. In the Canadian Celiac Association's, 'Celiac News Articles', Dr. J. A. Campbell says, "Quinoa is a very nutritious grain and therefore a very useful alternative to wheat, rye, barley and oats in the diet of Celiacs."

EDEN Quinoa is heart healthy and an excellent source of dietary fiber providing 11g (44% daily value) per serving. It is a good source iron, vitamin E, riboflavin (B2), vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc; very low in sodium, saturated fat free, and cholesterol free. According to the FDA, "Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods, and low in saturated fats and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers."

Quinoa has the best amino acid profile of all grains, including lysine and threonine, that are rarely found in cereal grains. The Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) of the United Nations rated the nutritional quality of quinoa's protein similar to casein (milk protein).

Use EDEN Organic Quinoa as you would rice. It is delicious as a main grain dish, with beans, with vegetables, as a hearty breakfast cereal, in stuffing vegetables, in soups or salads. Quinoa can also be used in making a variety of delicious and nutritious desserts and puddings. Try two of our favorite Quinoa dishes, Minted Quinoa with Crunchy Pine Nuts, and Baked Squash Stuffed with Quinoa and Dried Fruit, in the recipe section of this site. Quinoa can even be freshly ground into flour for more versatility. Place 3/4 cup of EDEN Quinoa in a blender and grind 3 to 5 minutes until it becomes fine flour; equals 1 cup flour. Use to make delicious, wheat and gluten free desserts, pastries and baked goods.