2013 International Year of Quinoa

Welcome to 2013 – celebrating the International Year of Quinoa (known by the Incas as the  ‘mother of all grains’) as the FAO (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization) recognises the crop’s resilience, adaptability and its potential contribution in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

Read below for a list of interesting snippets and facts about Quinoa.


If you are looking for quinoa to bake, eat or drink, you are at the right place – we have a dazzling variety of products containing quinoa in store now:

 

Baking Flours & Pancake Mixes

Bakers Bread Gluten Free Flour Eclipse Certified Organic (1kg)

Bakers Bread Gluten Free Flour Eclipse Certified Organic (1kg)

Cake Light Gluten Free Flour Eclipse Certified Organic (1kg)

Quinoa Flour Gluten Free Eclipse Certified Organic (1kg)

Quinoa Pancake Mix Gluten Free Wheat Free Casalare (300g)

 

Drinks – Milks/Non-Dairy

ChoQuinoa Rice Drink Dairy-Gluten Free Isola Bio C.Org. (750ml)

ChoQuinoa Rice Drink Dairy-Gluten Free Isola Bio C.Org. (750ml)

Quinoa Milk Gluten Free EcoMil Certified Organic (1L)

Quinoa Milk Powder Gluten Free EcoMil Certified Organic (400g)

 

Crackers, Stick & Twigs

Crackers Black Pepper Gluten Dairy Free Certified Organic(184g)

Crackers Black Pepper Gluten Dairy Free Certified Organic(184g)

Crackers Caraway Gluten Dairy Free Certified Organic (184g)

Crackers Herb Gluten Dairy Free Certified Organic (184g)

Crackers Original Gluten Dairy Free Certified Organic (184g)

Sticks and Twigs Sea Salt Gluten Free Certified Organic (227g)

 

Cereals, Oats, Flakes, Museli & Puffs

Gluten-Freestyle Granuesli The Unexpected Guest C.Organic (300g)

Gluten-Freestyle Granuesli The Unexpected Guest C.Organic (300g)

Muesli Toasted Light Crisp Gluten Free Certified Organic (400g)

Muesli Toasted Light Crisp Gluten Free Certified Organic (800g)

Oats Australian Wholegrain Rolled Certified Organic (850g)

Oats Super 6 Grains Rolled Eclipse Certified Organic (1kg)

Quinoa Puffs Gluten Free Certified Organic (250g)

Quinoa Rolled Flaked Gluten Free Certified Organic (600g)

Quinoa Rolled Flaked Gluten Free Eclipse Cert. Organic (1kg,zip)

Chocolate bars

Dark Quinoa Chocolate 60pc Alter Eco Fairtrade Cert.Organic(80g)

Dark Quinoa Chocolate 60pc Alter Eco Fairtrade Cert.Organic(80g)

 

Biscuits

N Oatmeal Raisin Gluten Free Cookies Vegan Cert.Organic (155g)

N Oatmeal Raisin Gluten Free Cookies Vegan Cert.Organic (155g)

 

Pasta

Quinoa Rice Baby Anellini Gluten Free Olive Green Organic(250g)

Quinoa Rice Baby Anellini Gluten Free Olive Green Organic(250g)

Quinoa Rice Beetroot Spinach Baby Anellini Olive Green Org(250g)

Quinoa Rice Penne Gluten Free Olive Green Cert. Organic (300g)

Quinoa Rice Spaghetti Gluten Free Olive Green Cert.Organic(300g)

 

Seeds & Grains

Omega Energy Plus Mix Power Seeds Cacao Currants C.Organic(500g)

Omega Energy Plus Mix Power Seeds Cacao Currants C.Organic(500g)

Quinoa Tricolour Whole Gluten Free Eclipse Cert. Organic (1kg)

Quinoa White Australian Gluten Free Certified Organic (1kg)

 

Soup Mix

Soup Mix Gluten Free Certified Orgainc Eclipse (1kg)

Soup Mix Gluten Free Certified Orgainc Eclipse (1kg)

 


Quinoa snippets & facts

  • a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds
  • originated in the Andean region of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru and suited to the local climate, soils and rainfall
  • domesticated some 4,000 years ago for human consumption
  • Spanish colonists scorned quinoa as ‘food for Indians’
  • Conquistadores forbade quinoa cultivation for a time, forcing Incas to grow wheat instead
  • grown from coastal regions in Chile to over 4,000m in the Andes
  • crop value has tripled since 2009, and risen seven-fold since 2000
  • people in quinoa-growing areas are now eating less of the longtime staple, but that’s partly because the extra income farmers are seeing from rising quinoa prices is allowing them to diversify their diets, adding things like fresh vegetables that they once couldn’t afford
  • Bolivian government nutrition programs have begun to incorporate quinoa into school breakfast and new (pregnant) mothers’ subsidies
  • seeds contain essential amino acids like lysine and good quantities of dietary fiber, calcium, phosphorus, and iron
  • a ‘complete’ protein with high protein content (around 14% by mass)
  • gluten-free, cholesterol-free and considered easy to digest
  • being considered a possible crop in NASA’s Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration human occupied spaceflights
  • the FAO (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization) says it is so nutritious it can be substituted for mother’s milk
  • can be substituted for rice in just about anything — from soup to salad to pudding to bread
  • slightly bitter alternative to rice or couscous
  • comes in three different colours – white, red and black

 

Further reading (article reference sources):

 

Quinoa on Wikipedia

12 things you should know about quinoa

Popular Quinoa Energizing Bolivian Economy

Is eating quinoa evil?

It’s OK To Eat Quinoa

One-sided Guardian article incites media scare

 

 

Fermented foods – a natural probiotic for an immune boost.

Happy New Year folks!

To help us digest away all our indulgence over the holiday break – at last we have a favourite, tried, test in almost all cultures for many centuries – traditionally fermented or pickled foods – the natural probiotic!

As Mercola notes:

“Traditionally fermented foods, or “functional foods,” are highly beneficial because they give you natural probiotics, now recognized as crucially important for your immune health

Probiotic bacteria, either from fermented foods or as a probiotic supplement, have been shown to help with many problematic health conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, atopic dermatitis, diarrhea, allergic rhinitis, and even the common cold.

Traditionally fermented foods also offer enormous benefit for your baby, including lowering her risk for adverse vaccine reactions.

Though the term “fermented” sounds vaguely distasteful, the results of this ancient preparation and preservation technique – produced through the breakdown of carbohydrates and proteins by micro-organisms such as bacteria, yeasts and moulds – are actually delicious.

Even more so, they are so beneficial to overall health that some of these “functional foods” are now considered to be “probiotics,” increasing your overall nutrition, promoting the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria, and aiding digestion and supporting immune function.

This also includes an increase in B vitamins (even Vitamin B12), omega-3 fatty acids, digestive enzymes, lactase and lactic acid, and other immune chemicals that fight off harmful bacteria and even cancer cells.”

(http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2004/01/03/fermented-foods-part-two.aspx)

Many cultures have used pickled vegetables to aid health e.g. Captain Cook in the 1700′s took sauerkraut, high in Vitamin C, on board his ship for long journeys to prevent scurvy of the crew.

Similar pickled and fermented vegetables and cabbage in other countries include:

– Korean kimchi
– Japanese tsukemono
– Chinese suan cai
– Filipino atchara
– Salvadoran Curtido.

Sauerkraut is the most important ingredient in the shchi, a traditional soup of Russia where it has been known as far back as the 9th century, the time of the import of cabbage from Byzantium.

Enjoy your Sauerkraut or Cornichons (mini gherkins/cucumbers) in your burger, sandwich, favourite salad or on a cracker anytime!

 

 

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Organic systems are an innovative method of farming and production focused on soil and land health, and balanced eco-systems. Techniques used in organic agriculture deliver a diverse range of benefits and their potential is increasingly being recognised in the development of sustainable food and fibre technology for the future.

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