The Incas, who held the crop to be sacred, referred to quinoa as "Mother of all grains". Closely related to beets and spinach, quinoa is highly appreciated for its nutritional value and high protein content. Quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it a complete protein source. It is a good source of dietary fibers, phosphorus, and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is also gluten-free and easy to digest.
Quinoa has a light, fluffy texture when cooked, and its mild, slightly nutty flavor makes it an alternative to rice or couscous.
We offer many quinoa salads at the MarketPlace. Customer favorites being our Sweet Quinoa with Organic nuts, dried fruits, and cinnamon, or our Savory Quinoa Salad with beans, peppers, scallions and cilantro.
Farro is the world's original grain from which all others derive, including rice, barley, wheat, and rye. It is widely used in soups and side dishes, and known for it's nutty taste and hard texture. It is high in fiber, protein, and B vitamins. It is also very low in gluten. Farro and barley can be used interchangeably because of their similar characteristics.
We offer Farro with roasted butternut squash as a side dish. It is the perfect compliment to steak or fish.
Wheatberries are the unprocessed kernel complete with endosperm, bran and germ. Wheatberries are commonly added to salads or baked into breads to add a crunchy texture. They are an excellent source of dietary fiber, folic acid, protein, B-complex vitamins, and Vitamin E.
Our Wheatberry Salad with roasted squash and zucchini is a wonderful side to be served hot or cold.