GOLD OF THE INCAS
The legend says that it was donated by the stars to a young Aymara night guard to feed his people.
Quinoa (Chenopodium Quinoa) is a pseudo-cereal from the Chenopodiaceae family, of Andean origin, highly nutritious, digestible and flavorful.
It is considered the rice of the third millennium due to its versatility.
It contains 9 of the essential amino acids that the human body does not produce yet must con-sume regularly, in addition to a greater quantity of proteins than any other cereal. It is therefore especially adequate for a vegetarian diet and for the diet of young children.
Without a trace of gluten, it offers a pleasant alternative to grains for people with celiac’s disease.
The FAO, which declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa, has recognized quinoa as a “food resource of high nutritional and dietary content; its importance is increasingly greater on a worldwide scale in terms of food security for present and future generations.”
Moreover, on November 23, 2014, quinoa traveled to space along with Italian astronaut Saman-tha Cristoforetti, who chose it as one of the “bonus” foods for her mission. Considering its ex-tremely high nutritional content, NASA has included quinoa among the food items for the astro-nauts’ diet, and in the list of supplies for future space colonies.