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Organic Quinoa

Quinoa is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. It is native to the Andes and was sacred to the Incas, who called it the “Mother of all grains” for its nutritional properties. Quinoa is farmed in Bolivia on the Andean Altiplano, in the small region surrounding the Salar de Uyuni salt flats. Because of this harsh climate, this Quinoa grows larger and retains more nutrients than other varieties. For this reason, it is known as Royal Quinoa and is widely praised as the best Quinoa in the world.

Quinoa Products

Organic Royal White Quinoa

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An incredibly nutritious alternative to rice or other grains, Quinoa is a fantastic source of unsaturated fatty acids, potassium, fibers, calcium and iron, as well as vitamin E, B-vitamins, magnesium and phosphorous.

We offer this product in

  • retail bags of 454 g
  • bulk bags of 11.34 kg (25 lb) and 25 kg

Organic Royal Tri-Colour Quinoa

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An incredibly nutritious alternative to rice or other grains, Quinoa is a fantastic source of unsaturated fatty acids, potassium, fibers, calcium and iron, as well as vitamin E, B-vitamins, magnesium and phosphorous.

We offer this product in

  • retail bags of 454 g
  • bulk bags of 11.34 kg (25 lb) and 25 kg

Organic Royal Red Quinoa

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An incredibly nutritious alternative to rice or other grains, Quinoa is a fantastic source of unsaturated fatty acids, potassium, fibers, calcium and iron, as well as vitamin E, B-vitamins, magnesium and phosphorous.

We offer this product in

  • retail bags of 454 g
  • bulk bags of 11.34 kg (25 lb) and 25 kg

Organic Royal Black Quinoa

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An incredibly nutritious alternative to rice or other grains, Quinoa is a fantastic source of unsaturated fatty acids, potassium, fibers, calcium and iron, as well as vitamin E, B-vitamins, magnesium and phosphorous.

We offer this product in

  • retail bags of 454 g
  • bulk bags of 11.34 kg (25 lb) and 25 kg

Organic Quinoa Flakes

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Quinoa flakes carry all the benefits of Quinoa in a breakfast cereal form with a quicker cooking time. Quinoa flakes are usually preferred as a quick breakfast and are often pleasantly accompanied by fruits or maple syrup.

We offer this product in

  • retail bags of 227 g
  • bulk bags of 11.34 kg (25 lb)

Organic Quinoa Flour

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Organic Quinoa Flour is a source of complete protein, providing all essential amino acids and is a great baking solution for those following a gluten free, vegan or vegetarian diet. This 100% whole grain Quinoa Flour can add flavor and bountiful nutrition to everything from pancakes and breads to cakes and muffins, all without Gluten.

We offer this product in

  • retail bags of 340 g
  • bulk bags of 11.34 kg (25 lb)12.5 kg

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Organic Quinoa

Most frequent questions and answers

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a grain-like crop that is grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is often considered a superfood due to its high nutritional value and is a staple in many diets worldwide.

Quinoa has its origins in the Andean region of South America, where it has been cultivated for thousands of years. Countries such as Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia are known for their historical cultivation of quinoa.

Quinoa has a long history of consumption dating back over 3,000 to 4,000 years. It was a significant food source for pre-Columbian civilizations, including the Inca Empire.

Quinoa was considered a sacred crop by the ancient Andean civilizations. It was often referred to as the “mother grain” or “gold of the Incas” due to its importance in their diet and rituals.

Quinoa gained popularity in the late 20th century and early 21st century due to its exceptional nutritional profile. It is gluten-free, high in protein, and contains a variety of essential vitamins and minerals. This made it attractive to health-conscious, plant-based, vegan, and vegetarian consumers worldwide.

Quinoa’s international popularity led to increased demand outside of South America. As a result, quinoa cultivation expanded to other regions with suitable climates, including North America, Europe, and Asia.

The rise in global demand for quinoa has brought about both positive and negative impacts. While it has provided economic opportunities for farmers in some regions, concerns about sustainability, biodiversity, and the impact on traditional farming practices have also been raised.

Quinoa is adaptable to a range of climates, from the high altitudes of the Andes to lower elevations in different regions. This adaptability has contributed to its successful cultivation in diverse geographic areas.

Quinoa is a versatile ingredient and can be used in a variety of dishes. It can be cooked and served as a side dish, used in salads, soups, or as a substitute for rice and other grains in various recipes.

Organic quinoa is a type of quinoa that is grown using organic farming practices. This means that it is cultivated without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or chemical fertilizers. Organic quinoa is produced in a more environmentally sustainable and health-conscious manner.

Consuming organic quinoa offers several advantages:

  • Reduced Chemical Exposure: Organic farming methods minimize exposure to synthetic chemicals, which can be harmful to human health and the environment.
  • Environmental Sustainability: Organic farming practices are typically more sustainable, and eco-friendly, promoting soil health and biodiversity.
  • Non-GMO: Organic quinoa is non-GMO, ensuring that the crop has not been genetically modified.
  • Health Benefits: Some people believe that organic products are more nutritious, though this is still debated among experts.

Consuming organic products offers several potential benefits:

  • Fewer Chemicals: Organic foods are grown without synthetic pesticides and herbicides, reducing chemical exposure.
  • Environmental Conservation: Organic farming promotes sustainable agriculture, reducing the environmental impact.
  • Non-GMO: Organic products are non-genetically modified, providing assurance about their genetic integrity.
  • Nutritional Value: Some studies suggest that organic foods may contain more nutrients and antioxidants, although the evidence is mixed.

Quinoa is a valuable plant-based protein source because it is a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. It is particularly important for vegetarians and vegans looking to meet their protein needs without relying on animal products. Quinoa is also high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making it a nutritious addition to a plant-based diet.

The primary differences between red, black, and white quinoa are in their taste, texture, and cooking times:

  • White Quinoa: White quinoa has a mild, creamy flavour and a light, fluffy texture when cooked. It has the shortest cooking time among the three types;
  • Red Quinoa: Red quinoa has a nuttier flavour compared to white quinoa. It has a firmer texture when cooked and retains its colour well, making it a good choice for salads;
  • Black Quinoa: Black quinoa has a sweeter and earthier flavour compared to white quinoa. It has a similar texture to red quinoa and holds its shape when cooked.

All three types of quinoas are nutritious and can be used in a variety of dishes. The choice between them depends on your personal taste preferences and the visual appeal of the dish you are preparing.

Cooking organic quinoa is simple. Here are the basic steps:

  • Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any natural bitterness. INCA’S GOLD brand is already double-washed so there’s no need to rinse our quinoas;
  • Combine 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water or vegetable broth in a pot;
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes;
  • After simmering, remove the pot from the heat but keep it covered. Let it sit undisturbed for an additional 10 minutes;
  • Fluff the quinoa with a fork and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.

You can also find detailed cooking instructions on the packaging or in online recipes.

Organic quinoa is generally more expensive than conventional quinoa due to the additional labour and care required in organic farming practices. However, the price difference may vary depending on your location and the brand. The benefits of organic quinoa in terms of reduced chemical exposure and sustainability may outweigh the cost difference for some consumers.

Have more questions about quinoa? Just ask us at info@incagoldorganics.com

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