Quinoa is a native grain of South America. Quinoa offers excellent nutritional values among all other grains and millets. Even though Quinoa is not a native crop to India, a lot of interest is generated amongst Indians in recent times due to its proven health benefits in Western world.
Human body has limitation to produce all essential amino acids; hence we include various items in our meal to address this issue. For example, North or South Indian diet contains more than 6 varieties to provide essential nutrients. But this diet also adds unnecessary calories, fat, acidity and carbohydrates while solving amino acid issues. Quinoa provides complete nutrients required for human body.
Some farmers in India have been successfully growing Quinoa for last couple of years. Previously it was extensively imported from Bolivia and Peru for Indian market. Indian farmers to some extent mastered art of growing high protein variety of Quinoa and they are responding to market needs quickly. It is also important to supply steadily as consumers resist shifting to Quinoa because of its irregular supplies in the past. Growing crop in India has addressed this problem. Getting closer to Indian consumers can ensure their habits of eating healthy foods is continued long.
Farmers growing Quinoa were not aware of saponin on Quinoa which gives bitterness to the seed. Some brands are selling it as natural grain without removing saponin, which gives bitter taste. Consumer may start eating Quinoa but over a period they would stop as it doesn’t taste good. Its classic example of “How many people eat bitter gourd Vs potato?” Taste does matter.
This year couple of processing plants has been setup by us close to the farmers. We have helped them in choosing right machinery and following right techniques. This helped healthy Indian Quinoa to get cleaner and brighter devoid of bitter saponin. Now the consumer loves its taste and continues with the habit of healthy living.
Greener – 3 times
As it is not native crop to India, farmers were not sure on pesticides and fertilizers to be used. They started with natural methods in controlling pest and growth of crop. As aggregator of Quinoa in India, ‘Quinoa Guru’ has been helping farmers to grow in greener methods. It gives a better control on farming practices.
As against imported Quinoa, the crop grown in India doesn’t cross oceans and pollute the environment while it is being transported. It is greener in its reach to customers.
Quinoa is mainly dry land crop and does not require much water to grow. As against wheat and rice crops, Quinoa consumes less water making it further greener.
By growing and processing Quinoa in India, Quinoa comes closer to Indian consumers with ‘cleaner quality in a greener route’.
Quinoa Guru, based in Bangalore, is specialized in farming, processing, distribution and retailing of Quinoa in India. For more details please visitwww.quinoaguru.com