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Getting to Know Quinoa

Getting to Know Quinoa

If you have never heard of quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), you may soon discover a new favorite staple. Although quinoa looks like a grain and has similar cooking characteristics, it’s actually the seed of a plant that is related to spinach, chard and beets. Regarded by the ancient Aztecs as the “mother grain”, the seeds are rich in protein, calcium, iron and are a relatively good source of Vitamin E and some of the B vitamins. Since the protein in quinoa includes all 8 essential amino acids, it is considered a complete protein, making it a great choice for vegans who may not have enough protein in their diets.