Quinoa flour it is obtained from the processing of quinoa seeds (Chenopodium quinoa), a plant belonging to the Chenopidaceae family. Highly protein and vitamin, in South America it is also used for washing laundry. Let's find out better.
> 1. How quinoa flour is made
> 2. Properties and use of quinoa flour
> 3. Quinoa flour products
> 4. A recipe up your sleeve
How quinoa flour is made
Quinoa flour is obtained from the stone processing of the seeds of quinoa, Chenopodium quinoa, a herbaceous plant native to South America, belonging to the same family as spinach and beets.
It has grown spontaneously for thousands of years in the Andes and for the local inhabitants it has always represented a precious nourishment, but it can also be cultivated. Quinoa seeds have a shape similar to lentils and a pleasant and particular scent that is also given to the flour.
Properties and use of quinoa flour
From a nutritional point of view quinoa is a very rich food: it has a high content of high biological value proteins, in particular it is rich in lysine, an amino acid lacking in cereals.
Its protein content is higher than that of rice, millet and wheat. Quinoa flour also contains low glycemic index carbohydrates, fats and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, calcium, selenium, iron, zinc and copper.
Among the vitamins, quinoa is rich in vitamin B2, as well as vitamin C and vitamin E. Thanks to this contribution, quinoa flour can be considered a food useful for protecting the circulatory system and body tissues.
Quinoa does not contain gluten and can be introduced into the diet of celiacs. The saponins contained in quinoa are considered miraculous for curing skin lesions.
Quinoa saponins are used in South America to prepare natural laundry detergents, while its stems are used for dyeing fabrics.
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Quinoa flour products
In cooking, quinoa flour is used around 30% mixed with other flours, such as spelled, wheat and kamut, to prepare baked goods, both sweet and savory, biscuits, biscuits, bread, bread sticks, cakes.
There are three major varieties of quinoa, which are distinguished by the color of their grains: red, yellow or black. All three varieties can be used.
In some organic food stores it is possible to find already ground quinoa flour. It is also found in herbalist shops and stores specializing in natural food, online and in fair trade shops. If you don't want to buy it ready-made, it can be easily obtained by blending the quinoa beans in the spice grinder or coffee grinder.
A recipe up your sleeve
Piadina with quinoa flour
- 240 g of quinoa flour,
- a tablespoon of soy flour or other protein meal, such as those of lentils, beans or broad beans,
- a pinch of salt,
- 200 ml of water
Preparation: Combine and mix the soy flour, quinoa flour and salt, gradually add the water to create a smooth and homogeneous batter. Let the batter rest for about ten minutes and then spread it on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes or less, just long enough to turn golden.
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