In English, the word "quinoa" is pronounced as "KEEN-wah." The word "quinoa" originally appeared as "kinwa" in the Quechua language of the Inca people. Its current form originated with Spanish settlers in South America.
Quinoa is a highly nutritious grain that originated in the Andean region of South America. Quinoa has been a staple crop in this area for thousands of years. As a food source, it is popular because it carries a balanced set of amino acids and is therefore a source of complete vegetarian protein. It is also a good source of fibre, magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and can be ground and used as a flour substitute.