Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is considered a grain product but it’s actually a small, flat seed that is a staple for millions of South American families. It comes in a variety of colors from golden tan to brick red and is an excellent source of protein, fiber, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium and vitamin E. It is delicious with all kinds of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish and nuts.
When the grains are stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, they should last for up to a year. Rinse quinoa before cooking to wash away any saponin, a bitter protective coating on the seeds. It’s similar to cooking rice; however, quinoa cooks more quickly.
Source: Cook Fresh