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Suma Quinoa – The Grain of the Past and Grain of the Future?

Submitted by on August 27, 2010 – 11:46 am8 Comments

Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wa) is a grain that originates from the Andes mountains of South America and played an important part in the diet of the powerful ancient Inca civilisation and was known by them as the mother grain.

Higher in protein content than any other grainquinoa grain

– (on average more than double that of rice) some varieties of quinoa are more than 20% protein.

There’s more good news

– quinoa’s protein is of a very high quality. It has almost perfect essential amino acid content and unlike other grains is high in lysine, methionine and cystine so provides an important balance when used with other grains.

Quinoa also contains other important nutrients

– sugars, oils, starch, fibre, vitamins and minerals.

It tastes good too

– quinoa is light and easily digested and has a unique and pleasant nutty flavour.

When to use itquinoa feta spinach

– quick to cook (around 15 minutes) it can be used in recipes in place of, or added to, another grain. There are many recipes which suggest quinoa in baking, soups, mueslis, salads and even desserts. This is a favourite from Rowena, one of our wonderful Suma canteen chefs.

quinoa plant

What’s the catch?

– we don’t know of one,  we want to let more people know about it.
This may really be “The Grain of the Future”!

Where can I get it?

– At Suma we have stocked quinoa in seed and flake form for some time now and believe that it has enormous potential for the future.

Beware poor quality

– As it gets more popular and more widely available it is essential to watch out for lower quality produce but as with all Suma’s products you can be assured we do all the checking and monitoring for you.

Our guarantee

We guarantee that Suma’s quinoa is organic, gluten free and of the highest quality. We also include a fairtrade version in our range. Suma Quinoa

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  • Lynn Herron says:

    Recipe for the pictured dish? You can’t just leave us with our tongues hanging out! N.B. Quinoa IS nice, I stock (and personally eat) Suma Fairtrade Quinoa. Unlike many ‘wonder grains’ it really does taste nice and is a particularly nice ‘change’ for a vegetarian. I suspect that children would like it as it is softer than some grains but not mushy like some others.


  • Rob S says:

    Hi Lynn
    Great news that you like our quinoa – as I mentioned in the article there are different qualities on the market which is why Suma continually checks all its own brand products to ensure continuous high standards.
    Please click on the picture for the recipe.
    Rob S

  • anne clarke says:

    Yes, quinoa tastes great, but why aren’t you stocking spelt. Not spelt flour, but spelt in grain form. It was brought here by the romans, it is very low in gluten and tastes great. You can make salads from it, risotto, put it in soups, stews, and loads of other dishes. Give it a try!!

  • Rob S says:

    Hi Anne,
    Thanks for your comment.
    We are constantly looking for new products to add to the Suma range, have launched some recently e.g. our “Cooperative” Italian Pasta and have more additions in the pipeline. When we looked at spelt grain before, the large purchase quantities unfortunately outweighed the perceived demand. We do keep these decisions under review however and may add spelt grain to our catalogue in the future as we grow the Suma range.
    Rob S

  • Liz says:

    What has happened to Red Quinoa? It seems to have disappeared completely from suppliers.

  • Lord Price says:

    The fact is that the producers of Quinoa have become so greedy that our UK importer decided to say no to their astronomical pricing policy on red quinoa and tell them to go swing. The USA are apparently quite happy to pay these prices which is why they have rocketed up. And yes sadly that includes the Fairtrade chaps.
    Incidentaly there is a similar or slightly worse situation regarding Fairtrade Organic Brazils.
    In a sense this is quite understandable and merely represents a reversal of the usual power balance between Latin American farmers and Northern hemisphere consumers.
    However they are in long term danger of killing their own market by reneging on already agreed contracts.

  • David Aldred says:

    Dear Lord Price, I will continue where Liz left off: if Suma deems the wholesale price of (far superior) red quinoa to be exorbitant and they therefore refuse to buy it, how can we get hold of it? Is there any way you can suggest that a UK shopper might purchase this light and fluffy delight in small quantities – direct from the americas, perhaps? I was first introduced to red quinoa in Cyprus, when it caught my eye in a great little healthfood shop called Physis, in Paphos). I really miss it – it does make a vegan diet more interesting (even more interesting, should I say!)

  • Lord Price says:

    It’s not so much us who are refusing to pay the price – Its the agents who import it from Latin America, who believe producers have priced themselves out of the market by flogging the red quinoa to the USA for mega dollars. The result is that there is none to be had. It might be worth having a look online at US-based suppliers, if you are willing to pay inflated prices and lots of postage too.

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