Organic quinoa, white and tricolore – the Inca food that brightens up your plate
Quinoa is not only tasty and healthy. It is also a nutritious and resilient plant. The Incas knew this. They often referred to this South American plant as ‘the mother of all grains.’ We are also fans of quinoa, as we invest wholeheartedly in sustainable food. Would you like to see an example of this? Boni Selection Bio quinoa tricolore and quinoa white are available at Colruyt, Spar, OKay and Bio-Planet. These high-quality products from Peru are the result of a chain project, from producer to shelf.
At home in all terrains
Quinoa really stands out. This ancient plant has been grown in the Andes for at least 5,000 years. The Incas considered it a sacred food because of its extremely high nutritional value. This ‘wonder food’ is bursting with proteins, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. It is gluten-free and an ideal meat-substitute for vegetarians. Furthermore, this hardy plant can withstand wind and all weathers. Quinoa can grow at altitudes above 4,000 metres in the most inhospitable terrains. It needs far less water than rice or wheat. That is why this stress-resistant herbaceous plant may play a significant role in the future if the world’s population continues to grow and the climate continues to warm.
Tasty and sustainable
What will be on our plate in 2050? Not many people ask themselves this. However, we do. By then the world’s population will be more the 9 billion, and will require around 50% more food than today. It is for this reason that the Province of Flemish Brabant worked with Rikolto, KU Leuven, UC Leuven-Limburg and the Colruyt Group on an ambitious project: “Wanted: Food for the Future”. Together, we investigated ways to feed the world’s growing population in a sustainable manner. Quinoa can play a role here. It belongs to one of our sustainable production chains in the Global South. What are the most important features? The products are tasty and nutritious, have a small environmental footprint and also offer new opportunities to the farmers who grow them, in the Ayacucho region.
Colruyt Group increases its engagement with larger volumes
34 tons of quinoa tricolor. That's how much we promised to buy, in the first year alone. In the meantime we have expanded the project and quadrupled the volume. We are now also buying our Boni Bio White Quinoa from the same farmers. Together they account for a volume of more than 100 tons.
More than 309 small farmers are supported by Solid Food Perú. This organisation buys the quinoa from the farmers at the right price. Colruyt Group pays an additional premium that Solid reinvests in the purchase of equipment that makes the farmers' work easier, such as machines for weeding weeds.
Solid has the quinoa processed and cleaned in a local company in Ayacucho. It sells the quinoa to us and reinvests the profits in social projects for local communities. “The intensive support we give to farmers and our assistance in the fields is unique. No one else is doing this,” said Efrain Avendaño Torres from Solid Food Perú. This organisation is supported by our Collibri Foundation. Wilson is one of these young quinoa farmers in the making, who is taking a training course with Solid.Read more
A colourful and tasty accompaniment
The harvest from this unique project is available in the shops. You can find oni Selection Bio quinoa tricolore (500 g) and quinoa white (500 g) at Colruyt, OKay, Bio-Planet and Spar. The quinoa tricolore is a tasty accompaniment brightens up your plate. It contains a mixture of white, red and black quinoa and is very tasty indeed. You can use the quinoa tricolore and the quinoa white as you would rice, for instance in wok dishes or salads, as a side dish, or even in desserts. It gives these dishes a slightly nutty flavour and only offers benefits:
- Quinoa is gluten-free, which makes it suitable for people with food allergies.
- It is rich in proteins and iron and contains all of the amino acids that we need.
- It is low in fat, but rich in omega 3.
- It is easy to digest and is a source of fibre.
Basically, quinoa is a fantastic gift of nature.
With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.