What you need to know: Quinoa is one of the latest foods to be hailed as a super food. It is actually a seed, not a grain as many people think. Quinoa can be used in the exact same manner as rice and is a fluffier version that is similar to couscous in texture yet more pleasing with a chewiness that is enjoyable to eat. It is pleasant with a nutty taste that people love and in fact many people now favour quinoa over rice as a side dish. Quinoa is also gluten free which is appealing to those who are on a gluten free diet allowing them to enjoy cereals such as quinoa flakes.
Season: All year long.
What to look for: You can find quinoa in health food stores but it is now mainstream making it readily available in most grocery stores.
How to store it: Keep quinoa in an air tight container or its unopened original packaging for up to two or even three years past its best before date. Many people wonder if quinoa actually ever goes bad as it seems to last forever.
Why you should try it: Quinoa is an excellent option if you are looking for new ideas for a rice and potato replacement. It has a pleasing texture and taste people love and is gluten free making it an excellent option for gluten free diets. It can even be eaten in smaller servings for low carb diets as it is a seed not a grain. The key here is moderation of course. Quinoa is also made into a nice cereal flake ideal for cereal lovers who cannot have gluten. You can use quinoa in the same way you would rice. Last but not least it packs a healthy dose of iron, lysine, magnesium, riboflavin and manganese, twice the amount of fibre of grains and is also considered a complete protein. It actually contains all nine amino acids making it a good choice for vegans and vegetarians.