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Allergic to Quinoa/Teff?

excellent source of kaniwa (baby quinoa)- Edison Grainery. ON my comment above I made a mistake, I meant to say "to see if you are allergic to saponin try consuming baby quinoa". I don't think there are allergies to saponin, but hypersensitivities. Let me know!

Dec 03, 2012
slgnunez in General Topics

Allergic to Quinoa/Teff?

I am very curious as there are no reported allergies to quinoa besides these. I am curious to know if the quinoa is from Bolivia or Peru. There is a difference in the cultivation- the Peruvian may be cross-contaminated at the field level with other seeds and plants. On the Bolivian side nothing besides quinoa grows as the crop is planted in a high altitude desert). The main Bolivian-only brands are Trader Joes, Alter Eco, Eden Foods, Ancient Harvest and CostCo's lines.depedning on where you are there are other smaller brands as well carrying the Bolivian. Now the next things besides cross- contamination either at the field level or at the copacking or store level (if in the bulk bin), there's the saponin question. All quinoa is not processed (washed/cleaned) the same way, so rinsing is recommended. TO see if you are allergic to quinoa try consuming baby quinoa, which is a cousin of quinoa that is gluten-free and has no saponin. I can send you a bag if you canot get it. Let me know!

Dec 03, 2012
slgnunez in General Topics

Quinoa..now feel ill..

I work with quinoa. Peruvian quinoa is cross contaminate with wheat: there is an average of 1 wheat kernel per lb of quinoa- this will trigger a gluten test of 15-20 PPM. This is still considered gluten free by the USDA standards. But for gluten sensitive people this will not do. Solution: buy Bolivian large-seed quinoa (Ancient Harvest, Eden, Alter Eco, and some others- make sure to check origin and size). Bolivian quinoa grown where no other crop growns- no potatoes beans, and much less any evil grain like wheat (which came from Europe with the Spanish). Next figure out if you are hyper sensitive to saponin. We test saponin content on our quinoa to be under 26 mg/100 g- beyond this the quinoa tastes bitter. Saponin is not necessarily bad: it increases the permeability of the gut- helping you absorb more of the nutrients in your food (some medicine capsules are coated with saponin to increase absorbancy). This said, saponin can taste bitter and can cause upset stomachs. Some are more sensitive than others too. If your quinoa is foaming in the pot it's a good sign of a badly washed quinoa. Again, top brands have better quinoa.

Nov 30, 2012
slgnunez in General Topics
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Allergic to Quinoa/Teff?

There are no known allergies to quinoa. It could be cross-contamination, are the quinoa and teff thhe same brand, and do you see in the package if they are manufactured in shared equipment? You should check with a doctor for sure. Quinoa is one if the safest foods, but some comoanies pack it on shared equipment, so its important to check.

Jun 20, 2010
slgnunez in General Topics

ISO bulk quinoa in the east bay any tips?

Layapaorganic.com warehouses in Oakland. They can sell bulk, you just pick up at their warehouse. They have 25 lb bags or boxes.

Help - My quinoa is mushy, not fluffy

To get the quinoa fluffly: Forget that whole boild and strain thing. You take the quinoa, put it in a pan and toast it until you smell that it's nutty and slightly browner. Then you rinse it (unless it's already pre-washed) and then boil it for 15 minutes. 1-2 ratio or 1-1+3/4 ratio (covered). slow boil. The resulting quinoa is super fluffly and tastes better as well.

This is the recipe from Bolivia...

Jul 24, 2008
slgnunez in Home Cooking

Help - My quinoa is mushy, not fluffy

Their supplier was out of quinoa, but that is being fixed now- TJ's will start sourcing from another importer. The product will also be cleaner as they will do a second de-stoning in the US. TJ's quinoa will be the only quinoa in the US that is re-cleaned and quality controlled in the US

Jul 24, 2008
slgnunez in Home Cooking