Do you cook it in a pot? Do you eat it while it's hot? Do you use it instead of pasta? Do you share it with some Rastas? Do you eat it in a salad? Do you compose a ballad— to quinoa, that most nutritious of grains?
Thousands of miles from celebrities and chefs who tout the health benefits of quinoa — a seed packed with protein and fiber — sales are lifting the fortunes of Andean farmers who’ve grown it for centuries mostly for subsistence. Governments of Peru and Bolivia, which still dominate the $123 million export market, are hoping the trend can last as prices that have doubled to about $3,000 a metric ton since 2007 attract better capitalized competitors.
Quinoa boost the economy, quinoa improves your physiology. Quinoa helps the Andean farmers, quinoa's a good thing to serve to your mama. Quinoa, why not make it a staple? Quinoa, have you tried it with maple? (Gross.)
Girlfriend hands you bowl.
"What's this?" you ask. "It's quinoa."
Not bad. Tastes okay.
Global agricultural diversity, huzzah!