The year of quinoa has come and gone which means a lot of Canadians have joined the quinoa bandwagon. Adults are reaping the rewards of adding quinoa to their diets and as one of the only plant-based foods that can be called a complete protein, vegetarians and vegans know it’s a perfect addition to their meal plan. Quinoa has become easier to find in grocery stores and specialty food markets, but did you know that not all quinoa is the same?
Quinoa is traditionally grown in Bolivia, Peru and Columbia, but can also be sourced from Equador, the US, Chile and Argentina. Regular quinoa or Quinoa Dulce is the most commonly found quinoa in Canadian supermarkets and bulk stores and is grown at lower altitudes in wet or swamp-like conditions. Royal Quinoa is grown in Bolivia at around 12,000 feet above sea level in the area surrounding the Salar de Uyuni – the dry, arid Salt Flats of the Bolivian Altiplano. Just like fine wine, some regions produce better tasting grapes than others and quinoa grown in the Salar de Uyuni of Bolivia is Royal Quinoa, the highest quality of quinoa in the world.
Due to the harsh weather conditions where Royal Quinoa is grown, it has to be durable and resilient and from it’s natural strength Royal Quinoa plants produce a larger, rounder seed that cooks up fluffier and tastes nuttier than regular quinoa. You truly noticed the difference! Royal Quinoa is also more nutritious than regular quinoa boasting more protein and nutrients in every bite.
Pure Organic Foods only carries Royal Quinoa that’s GMO free and certified organic by Canadian standards. If that’s not enough, you can also find our Royal Quinoa in black and red along with the poplar white.