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What is quinoa?

Pronounced KEEN-wah, this grain is native to South America. Although it is somewhat similar to other grains, it cooks faster, is higher in protein and also a good source of iron and magnesium. Since it has more protein than other grains, it is a great choice for vegetarians. The flavor of quinoa is bland so it can be used in soups or salads or on its own as a side dish. This grain can also be a substitute for any recipe that calls for rice.

Although at one time quinoa was difficult to find in grocery stores, it is becoming more widely available to consumers.