The italian Quinoa project
Quinoa has been growing in South America for thousands of years but thanks to the different varieties available and their adaptability to various climates and soils, the cultivation of quinoa has been expanding for several years in other regions of the planet. Our company, supported by technicians and specialized institutes and universities, has started to make the first production trial in 2011. After several years of tests, we decided to bring the product to market, being sure that it has reached an high quality level. Nowadays, other local farms have decided to join our project. For this reason we decided to extend the land suitable for the cultivation of quinoa, creating a working group and a sort of network with other local farms aiming to get important results in terms of quality. Thanks to our European network we can supply quinoa in bulk to industries and milling companies.
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd) is a pseudograin that belongs to Chenopodiaceae family and was thrived already thousands of years ago by the legendary Incas. The name ‘Quinoa’ comes from the Quechua language and means “the mother of grains” or supergrain (Chisiya Mama). It was considered the ‘sacred food’. Today, Quinoa is considered to be a ‘superfood’, due to its extremely high nutritional values:
- IS GLUTEN FREE: suitable for those who suffer from coeliac disease but also for those who are unable to digest gluten properly
- IS A SOURCE OF HIGH QUALITY PROTEIN: Quinoa is called a ‘pseudograin’, however it contains more protein than any other grain, rice, pasta or potatoes. Besides, the biological value (BV) of the protein in Quinoa is above average. The high quality of the proteins comes from the right combination of essential aminoacids. With a VB of 75, the Quinoa scores better than milk (72), meat (60), wheat (60) or corn (44). Furthermore, the Quinoa contains all essential amino acids that our body is not able to produce and you have to integrate them with food. Quinoa is therefore essential in the vegetarian and vegan diets. Thanks to its protein is a great help if you want to keep your body healthy and in a good shape.
IS A GOOD SOURCE OF DIETARY FIBRE: the amount of dietary fibre contained in Quinoa is very high, more than in rice, pasta or potatoes. This is important as it helps digestion and a good intestinal function. Dietary fibre gives the sensation of satiety and also helps to prevent type 2 diabetes.
RICH IN VITAMINS AND MINERALS: Quinoa has a high content of vitamins such as vitamin C, E and B and it’s rich in minerals such as iron, zinc, phosphorus and magnesium compared with other grains.
LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX: the carbohydrates in Quinoa break down slowly. The glucose in Quinoa carbohydrates are therefore gradually into the bloodstream. This ensures greater stability of the sugar levels in the blood. Food with a low glycemic index is better for your health, provides long lasting energy and produces less body fat. Quinoa is therefore an important food for people who do sport or have a very active life.