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Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a highly nutritious gluten-free grain, and is the common name for Chenopodium quinoa, a flowering plant in the amaranth family Amaranthaceae.

It contains more protein than any other grain, with a good balance of all eight essential amino acids.

It is a good choice for vegetarians and diabetics.

Quinoa is also high in fibre and has a low-GI, beneficial for keeping blood sugar levels stable.

It is cooked similarly to rice and has a fluffy consistency, with a slight nutty flavour.

Use it in stir-fries, curries, salads or soups and porridge.

Quinoa flour can be used for baking gluten-free cakes, muffins, cookies, pancakes and breads.

Widely available nowadays, find quinoa in the health food section of supermarkets or in health food stores.

Quinoa is widely available in supermarkets.

Quinoa is widely available in supermarkets.