Hungry runners’ lunch. ok, well I’m on the mood for quinoa today. I just love those delicious delicious seeds. That’s right quinoa is not a grain. Quinoa is a flowering plant in the amaranth family. It is a herbaceous annual plant grown as a grain crop primarily for its edible seeds. Quinoa is not a grass, but rather a pseudocereal botanically related to spinach and amaranth. Quinoa is the only food of vegetable origin that provides all the essential amino acids, trace elements and vitamins, equating its protein quality to that of milk. It is gluten-free. Its seeds are highly nutritious, surpassing cereals, such as wheat, corn, rice and oats, in biological value and nutritional quality. After harvest, the seeds are processed to remove the bitter-tasting outer seed coat.
Quinoa originated in the Andean region of northwestern South America, and was domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago for human consumption in the Lake Titicaca basin of Peru and Bolivia, though archaeological evidence shows livestock uses 5,200 to 7,000 years ago.