The word quinoa comes from the Spanish quinua, which in turn is derived from the word “kinwa” or “kinua” in the Quechua language, spoken in the Andes.
The popularity of quinoa dates back to approximately 3000 B.C. Today, it's a trendy superfood far beyond South America, considered one of the world’s healthiest grains. This nutritious ingredient is found now in our cookbooks, on our grocery store shelves, on our restaurant menus, and all over the media, but how can you eat something that you can’t properly pronounce?
Quinoa is ideal for any gluten-free diet. It’s also high in protein and makes for a healthy breakfast porridge. Cooked quinoa seeds are fluffy and creamy, yet slightly crunchy to the bite. They have a delicate and nutty flavor. Now that you know how to say it, try cooking a batch and see for yourself how delicious it can be.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.