British quinoa is being grown across the UK from Shropshire to Norfolk – discover what makes it extra
special and nutritious
Pronounced 'keen-wah', it’s the health-food lover’s new favourite and originates from South America. Luckily, it's a favourite we can now enjoy knowing it has traveled far fewer miles before reaching our plates. M&S supplier Stephen Jones, a sixth-generation farmer and founder of The British Quinoa Company, is key in making that possible.
"We’ve been researching how to grow quinoa in the UK for 10 years now," says Stephen, "and we’ve managed to produce a seed that retains all of its nutty, flavourful outer skin, making it a wholegrain." Just one of the reasons quinoa is a healthy addition to your store cupboard, as well as a good plant-based source of protein, especially in vegetarian diets.
Look out for both white and toasted quinoa in store. The toasted variety is a filling base for hearty salads while white quinoa is great stirred into soups to add body and texture. Swap your rice and couscous for either type of quinoa to add a little extra protein to your plate.
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