How Do You Pronounce Quinoa?


How Do You Pronounce Quinoa? Learn how to pronounce it, where it comes from, nutrient facts and more! 

How Do You Pronounce Quinoa?

If you are like us, you have tried the delicious quinoa and have gotten hooked on it in your kitchen. Now you have one problem, you are not sure how to pronounce it. Fear not! You are definitely not alone. I have heard people say its name many different ways. We are going to help ease your mind. 

Individuals often times make the reasonable mistake of asking for “kwuh-NO-uh” or “KWIN-wah”, however, these are not accurate. So How Do You Pronounce Quinoa?

The correct pronunciation of this “pseudocereal” is “KEEN-wah“.

What is Quinoa?

What is quinoa and where does it come from. You might ask the question, so is quinoa a grain or is it some kind of noodle, what really is it? It is commonly referred to as a super food in a grain, but that is actually a mistake. 

Quinoa grows on a plant called Chenopodium quinoa. The part of quinoa that we eat is really the seed part of the plant. It is not a grain, but a seed. 

Where it Grows

Quinoa originated from Peru, Chile and Bolivia. Its plant grew there and has been a staple food for people living in the Andes Mountains through out history. In recent years demand for the seed has increased, and the raising of quinoa has expanded to include North America, India, France and China. Today quinoa is grown throughout many different countries in the world as the nutritional value makes it in such high demand. 

Quinoa Nutrition

Quinoa is often referred to as being a super food, because it is so packed full of nutrients. This seed is naturally gluten free, and is a good source of vitamins and minerals for your daily diet. 

According to health line the nutrition facts for 3.5 ounces or 100 grams of cooked quinoa are: 
Calories: 120
Water: 72%
Protein: 4.4 grams
Carbs: 21.3 grams
Sugar: 0.9 grams
Fiber: 2.8 grams
Fat: 1.9 grams

How to Cook

There are many different ways to cook quinoa. It is often used as a substitute to rice in many different dishes. Sometimes quinoa is even used for a base in a salad. 

When you buy quinoa it is in a hard little ball form. To cook it you simply boil it in water with a little oil. As it cooks it expands and becomes soft and fluffy.

Cooked quinoa has a mild earthy flavor, and tastes slightly nutty in flavor. You can add many different types of seasonings to help bring out different flavors depending what dish you have it a part of. 

Quinoa pronounced as KEEN-wah is known as being a super food for it’s nutritional value. It is a little seed that once cooked can be used in many different dishes. If you have never tried quinoa, you should definitely give it a try! 

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Sarah is known for her extra fancy yeast breads, melt in your mouth pies, and everything salads. She has won awards as a home cook, and is passionate about helping others feel smarter in the kitchen. Sarah is the cooking genius of the sister duo.

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