Monday, February 11, 2013

The Golden Grain of the Incas

Recreation, Health, & Fitness

I was first introduced to Quinoa (pronounced "kinwa") last summer. Before then I never knew that it existed. When I first saw it, it looked like birds' seed. It didn't take long to prepare, just about 2-5 minutes. I used it as a substitute for rice, and boy was it good! The flavor was terrific, and what was more was that it did not have the heaviness of rice and did not make my stomach stuffy. If you are a vegetarian, and you are looking for a super food, then quinoa is your choice. The great thing about quinoa is that it is rich in protein, a good source of phosphorous and manganese, low in cholesterol and sodium, and is also a source of antioxidants and fiber. The major quinoa-producing countries are Peru, Bolivia, and Equador. And since the the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 as the international year of Quinoa, its already fast-growing popularity continues to surge, also driving up prices on account of the huge demand, especially in the U.S. and Europe. So be sure to make quinoa a part of your diet on a regular basis, if you can manage the price that is. Oh...and sorry...I didn't find out anything about its possible libidinal value...so sorry :-(

[Photographic Art by Ric Couchman]