Canihua (Baby Quinoa)

Ceres Organics

  • Referred to as “baby quinoa” due to its size and appearance, canihua (pronounced ka-ni-wah) is the ‘new’ ancient super grain from the Andes. Canihua thrives in high-altitudes and has an equally impressive nutrition profile. It is an excellent source of protein and rich in amino acids such as tryptophan, isoleucine and lysine - vital for tissue growth and development. It also scores exceptionally high in levels of iron, magnesium and calcium.

    Naturally gluten-free with low GI, canihua is one of the least allergenic food around. Unlike quinoa, however, canihua is saponin free. Saponin is the coating that gives quinoa a soapy, slightly bitter flavour—if not rinsed properly. This makes canihua easier to prepare. With its small size and mild, nutty flavour, canihua is great served as porridge or added to salads, stir-fries, soups and stews.
  • You can use these grains in any place where you would normally serve rice, couscous or pasta. Or cook them with plant-based milk for a delicious porridge, and top with fruit, nuts and sweetener or spices of your choice.

    Once opened, store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place and keep away from direct sunlight.
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  • Canihua* (Baby Quinoa)

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  • Canihua is a great grain to look into if you wish to shake things up with your diet plan. Since it's so similar to quinoa, I tried using it in one of my quinoa recipes. It was AWESOME! Better than the original."

    - Karine Losier, Lean Kitchen Queen (United States)

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  • Ceres Organics is a New Zealand company founded in 1982 by Juliet Lamont. They strive to make organic, biodynamic and GE-free food available through sourcing quality products that are sustainably produced by organic or biodynamic methods, thereby creating a distribution chain that is both ecologically and socially responsible. Their status as a founding member of the GE-Free communities and general support of the GE-Free movement attest to their social responsibility.

    Ceres were the first NZ company to become EcoSocial certified - an organic fair trade certification. We are proud to be distributing Ceres Organics' products, from one of NZ's leading organic food distributors.

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