Quinoa, 100% Whole Grain, Organic Gluten Free The most ancient American staple grain. Sustainably grown at over 12,000 feet in the Andes helping preserve native culture. 2009 "Top Food for Women." Pleasing texture, great flavor, potent nutrition, easy and versatile. Cooks in 12 minutes. Complete protein with the best amino acid profile of all grain. The Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) of the United Nations rated the nutritional quality of quinoa's protein similar to casein of milk, we know it's far better. Rich in magnesium, a good source of fiber, thiamin B1, vitamin B6, and folate B9. 100% whole grain. Gluten free. Packaged in reclosable, protective, standing pouches. Awards Calling it the "Top Secret Superfood," Men's Health magazine recommended EDEN Quinoa in its April 2007 issue. EDEN Organic Quinoa was chosen by nutritionists at Women's Health magazine as a 'Top 125 Best Packaged Food for Women' in their 2009 study. It was the top choice in the rice and pasta category. Women's Health said of EDEN Quinoa, "Try this hunger-killing supergrain." History Quinoa was cultivated over 7,000 years ago near the equator in South America and was a staple grain of the Inca, Maya, and other native Americans for centuries. In Quechua and Aymara languages, Quinoa means 'Mother Grain'. Recently it has become widely popular for its nutrition, flavor, and convenience. A relaxing and satisfying whole grain with fast growing global appeal, quinoa has been called 'the rice of the new millennium'. Nutrition Facts Quinoa is a gluten free whole grain food. The American Celiac Sprue Association lists quinoa as "consistent with a gluten free diet. Versatile, it can be substituted for any grain, used whole as a hot cereal or ground into flour. Adds moisture to baked goods." The Canadian Celiac Foundation also lists quinoa as an allowed food on the gluten-free diet. In the Canadian Celiac Association's, 'Celiac News Articles', Dr. J. A. Campbell says, "Quinoa is a very nutritious grain and therefore a very useful alternative to wheat, rye, barley and oats in the diet of Celiacs." EDEN Quinoa is heart healthy and an excellent source of magnesium. It is a good source fiber, protein, iron, thiamin B1, vitamin B6, and folate B9. Sodium free, low fat, and saturated fat and cholesterol free. According to the FDA, "Diets rich in whole grain and other plant foods, and low in saturated fats and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers." Quinoa provides complete protein and has the best amino acid profile of all grains, including lysine and threonine, that are rarely found in cereal grains. The Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) of the United Nations rated the nutritional quality of quinoa's protein similar to casein (milk protein), we know it's far better. Use EDEN Quinoa as you would rice. It is delicious as a main grain dish, with beans, with vegetables, as a hearty hot cereal, in stuffing vegetables, and in soups, stews, and salads. Quinoa can also be used in making a variety of delicious and nutritious desserts and puddings. Try two of our favorites, Minted Quinoa with Crunchy Pine Nuts, and Baked Squash Stuffed with Quinoa and Dried Fruit, in our free recipe section. Quinoa can be freshly ground into flour for more usability. Place 3/4 cup of EDEN Quinoa in a blender and grind it until it becomes flour; equals 1 cup flour. Use to make delicious, wheat and gluten free desserts, waffles, pastries, and baked goods.