Would you like some controversy with your quinoa? In recent years, this whole grain, popularly grown in Bolivia, has exploded in U.S. popularity — and the increasing demand for it has spurred a lot more than pilaf. Quinoa has become such a trendy health food that its growers, who used to enjoy the grain as a substantial part of the their diet, have stopped being able to afford their own product. So, to quinoa, or not to quinoa?
A recent NPR report will come as hearty news to quinoa lovers: Keep on buying. While the price of the product has tripled since 2006, this also means that quinoa farmers are making more money. Moreover, they also are able to set aside a supply for themselves, so they too can enjoy the grain.
According to Eduoard Rollet, co-founder and chief operating officer of Alter Eco Foods, “The farmers who have been eating quinoa traditionally are still eating quinoa.”
In case you haven’t joined the craze — yet — quinoa is rich in protein, fiber, and iron, not to mention easy to make. Click here to see The Daily Meal’s best quinoa recipes.