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Articles June 2010 Issue

Whole-Grains Boosters Are Keen on Quinoa

When it comes to whole grains, we’re only about 5,000 years behind the Incas. Those ancient people of the Andes were the first to cultivate quinoa (KEEN-wah), which they called chisaya mama, the mother of all grains. Today, quinoa has been designated a “super crop” by the United Nations for its potential to feed the world’s hungry and studied by NASA as an ideal food for long-duration space flights. In a 2010 “What’s Hot” survey of American chefs, the National Restaurant Association named quinoa as the hottest trend in side dishes.

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