“Kwi-no-uh?” This was my mother the first time she saw quinoa a few years ago. Luckily, I’d been eating it for awhile and the first product I’d ever bought had the pronunciation on the box: keen-wah.
Today, you can find quinoa everywhere. It has made its way through the fancy restaurants into the mid-scale restaurants. You can buy big bags at Costco or Sam’s for the same price as a tiny bag at the health food store 4 or 5 years ago. The Regional Office for Latin America and The Carribbean at the United Nations has declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa.
Quinoa has arrived.
i heart keenwah sent me some samples of their Ginger Peanut quinoa clusters snacks.
Ginger Peanut reminds me of eating at a Thai Restaurant, because that’s one of the few places I’ve had ginger and peanut feature prominently together. Sometimes, you get a little more ginger than others and get a bit of a zip. 🙂 It has a little bit of a flavor reminiscent of sesame seeds, though there are none. These are small, hard clusters, much like a nut cluster. They are full of different forms of organic quinoa: whole grain quinoa, quinoa flakes, and quinoa crisps. All natural, tasty and flavorful, as well as healthy. I guess I’ll join the ranks and say “i heart keenwah”, too.