Quinoa in de­mand

Irish Examiner - Farming - - COVER STORY -

Three EU coun­tries are es­ti­mated to have im­ported a to­tal of 17,000 tonnes of quinoa grain in 2016. Nu­tri­tion­ally, quinoa is con­sid­ered a whole grain pro­vid­ing essen­tial vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, and fi­bre, help­ing to reg­u­late the di­ges­tive sys­tem. It is naturally gluten-free. Among health claims lead­ing to its global pop­u­lar­ity is Nasa, the US Na­tional Aero­nau­tics and Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion, feed­ing it to crews on long space mis­sions. Peru is by far the most im­por­tant ex­port coun­try, amount­ing to nearly 4.1m kilo­grammes.

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