Organic Tricolour Quinoa is a balanced combination of white, black and red quinoa. It is nutritious, naturally gluten-free, versatile and quick cooking. It is great as a side or in soups, salads or stuffings.
Organic Quinoa pronounced 'keen-wa' is a gluten-free grain that is rich in essential amino acids, vitamin B2, E and A and contains more iron than any other grain.
Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) was cultivated and eaten by pre-Incan cultures 6000 years ago. The Incas considered it magical because of its high nutritional value calling it 'Chisiya mama' - mother grain.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization observes that Quinoa is closer to the ideal protein balance than any other common grain. Quinoa is one of the only known grains that provides all the essential amino acids needed by the human body.
Apart from the colour, white, black and red quinoa varieties share the same nutritional profile but have slightly different uses due to texture.
What is the difference between RED Quinoa and WHITE Quinoa?
Apart from the colour, red and white quinoa are very similar and can be used in the same recipes. Red quinoa has a slightly more fibrous texture and is a little crunchier once cooked. It will take about the same time to cook both types of quinoa. This is the same with black quinoa.
All grains should be rinsed thoroughly under running water before cooking and any dirt or foreign matter should be removed. Store in a dry, airtight container below 25°C.
How to Use: Quinoa naturally has a bitter coating called saponin that protects it from birds, insects and the intense high-altitude sunlight where it is grown. This coating must be removed to make the grain palatable. Most quinoa (including ours) has already been rinsed prior to use to remove the coating but should still be rinsed in a fine strainer under cold running water until the water runs clear to remove any residual residue or dirt.
Simple ways to include more quinoa in your diet
- Make organic quinoa porridge for breakfast and top it with your favourite fresh fruit or berries.
- Use organic rolled quinoa as a gluten free breakfast porridge or cereal.
- Use organic quinoa flour when baking bread or muffins.
- Substitute potatoes or rice with a nutritious quinoa side dish.
- Mix cooked quinoa into your favourite salad or sandwich filling (e.g. chicken or tuna with mayonnaise and quinoa)
- Add cooked quinoa to your favourite soup or stew.
- Bake gluten free desserts - our favourite is quinoa fruit crumble!
To cook: Add 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water or stock, bring to the boil then cover and simmer for 15-20 mins. Once cooked a tiny white spiral appears encircling the grain.
Quinoa is a great alternative to rice so use it to accompany stir-frys or meat dishes. It is also great in baking - particularly cakes, muffins, porridge and salads.
Since 1939 over 3 generations of the Dart family have been producing quality foods in Brisbane. They have seen many changes over this time but their passion to consistently provide quality food has not changed. The Darts have built relationships with organic suppliers both here in Australia and overseas when locally produced product is not available. My Organics products are 100% organic from the farm to your pantry.