Re­search catches su­per trend

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

SURG­ING global pop­u­lar­ity of the “su­per­food” quinoa has put the plant front and cen­tre of new re­search by the Ru­ral In­dus­tries Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion as part of the cor­po­ra­tion’s new and emerg­ing in­dus­tries R&D pro­gram.

Quinoa is a gluten-free car­bo­hy­drate con­tain­ing all of the es­sen­tial amino acids and is a great cook­ing in­gre­di­ent.

In re­sponse to the grow­ing in­ter­est in quinoa, RIRDC-funded re­search has ex­plored op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges re­lated to quinoa pro­duc­tion and mar­ket­ing sys­tems across the coun­try to bet­ter in­form grow­ers of the crop’s po­ten­tial.

New re­sources have been de­vel­oped to share in­sight into the suit­abil­ity of quinoa to Aus­tralian crop­ping sys­tems.

The new book, Quinoa – Op­por­tu­ni­ties and Chal­lenges in Aus­tralia, and as­so­ci­ated fact sheet are designed as a ref­er­ence for farm­ers and pro­ces­sors. By col­lat­ing avail­able in­for­ma­tion, farm­ers and pro­ces­sors will be able to make in­formed de­ci­sions.

PHOTO: EATINGRICHLY.COM

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: New re­search is be­ing con­ducted on quinoa.

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