Quinoa, a species of goosefoot, is a grain crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, as it is not a member of the true grass family. Thanks Wikipedia
Quinoa also contains no gluten (perfect for coeliacs or those with gluten intolerance), and is often grown free from chemicals as the plant itself produces a natural insecticide called ‘saponin’. Saponin is what can give quinoa it’s bitter taste, but can be easily removed if the quinoa is soaked, and rinsed well, before use.
Some of the nutrients that quinoa contains include: iron (carries oxygen around the body to produce energy), magnesium (required for the function and growth of all cells), manganese and calcium (bone and nerve health) as well as folate (component of DNA). This amazing seed also contains both types of fibre, keeping our gastrointestinal tract happy and fully functioning.