Frequently Asked Questions
Is this product organic?
Yes, it is Organic certified by Ecocert Canada.
What is a "serving" of quinoa?
1 "serving" of quinoa is approximately 45 grams of dry product from the package. It works out to roughly 170 calories.
How much quinoa is in a cup?
A level cup measure of quinoa translates to roughly 180 grams, or 4 servings. There are roughly 2.5 cups per pound.
How many servings are there in a pound?
1 pound is roughly 450 grams, divided by 45 grams per serving yields about 10 servings.
Why is this so inexpensive compared to other brands?
Our buying power combined with lower shipping costs, larger packages and low overhead enables us to run an efficient business and pass the savings along. Did you know that packaging can cost up to $1.00 per 1 pound bag? Combined with the labour involved in handling and repackaging, that can add up to $2.00 - $3.00 per pound in unnecessary costs. Our 25-lb bulk packs offer a significant savings over store-bought quinoa and is shipped right to your door.
Is this quinoa pre-rinsed?
This quinoa has been pre-rinsed to remove the majority of small particulates.
Do I need to rinse the quinoa?
Like many other grains including rice, we recommend rinsing quinoa prior to cooking as it improves the texture a little, and removes removes the saponins that naturally coat quinoa and can make it slightly bitter tasting. Ideal rinsing time is 3 minutes then strained, however we've found that simply rinsing and straining in a mesh or cloth can produce an equally desirable result.
I heard red and black quinoa is healthier for you, is that true?
Of the processors and farmers we've spoken to, none believe that the colour of quinoa affects the nutrition value. The nutrition labels on other brands of quinoa (white vs. red vs. black) indicate no meaningful difference in terms of macronutrients (fats, carbs, proteins), fiber or protein quality, or micronutrients (phosphorous, iron). Aside from the visual difference, there appears to be no reason to prefer any specific colour of quinoa.