Quinoa: a popular ingredient around the globe

October 26, 2018

Over the last few years, Quinoa has been one of the most important dishes on dinner tables ‎across the globe. While mostly produced in Peru and Bolivia, this herbaceous plant is now being ‎grown in other countries too, and its popularity has expanded thanks to the fact that it is gluten-‎free and rich in both protein and iron. Made into burgers, served with a curry or even used as a ‎flour… here’s how to eat it!‎

‎The key to quinoa

While quinoa dishes are an ever more common sight on restaurant menus around the world, some ‎of the more traditional recipes have stood the test of time. In South America, for example, quinoa ‎is very popular as a side dish served with meat or fish and you can easily cook it in a rice cooker ‎for perfect results. Far from being a temporary culinary fashion, quinoa is an established staple ‎throughout much of the continent, where it is served with anything from meat stew to steamed ‎vegetables. It can also be mixed with herbs and spices and chopped raw vegetables to make a ‎salad.‎

‎Quinoa is now all the rage in Europe and the US, where it’s eaten as a savory or a dessert, hot or ‎cold, and in all its many forms. Quinoa flour is a real find for anyone wanting to reduce their ‎gluten consumption, as it gives cakes, bread and biscuits a deliciously nutty taste. And thanks to ‎its extreme versatility, quinoa can also be used to make pancakes, veggie burgers, patties and ‎falafels. All in all, it’s a healthy and tasty staple that looks set to remain a firm favorite with chefs ‎and food-lovers alike ‎