The origin of Quinoa (keen-wa) dates back thousands of years ago, as it is indigenous to the Andes Mountains of South America.
Quinoa (a pseudocereal) is high in carbohydrates, protein, and an excellent source of nutrients, fibre and essential vitamins. Infact, quinoa belongs to a rare group of foods which are considered to be complete protein sources, meaning that through consumption the end user is exposed to all 9 essential amino acids the body requires. It is also gluten-free which enables people who are gluten intolerant, or simply choose not to consume wheat or wheat products to add it to their diet.
While there may be no mountains in Saskatchewan; agriculture is a very important and prosperous industry in the Canadian province. The cool and dry climate of Northern Saskatchewan in particular, has a lot of similarities to the regions of South America where quinoa has traditionally grown.
In 1992, Joe Dutcheshen, a pharmacist/farmer from Kamsack, Saskatchewan began testing different varieties of quinoa on his family farm. Dutcheshen, a second generation farmer from the East Central part of the province, wanted to diversify his farm to include non-traditional crops, and soon developed an interest in quinoa for its nutritional and frost tolerant nature.
Northern Quinoa does not carry any GMO products in their facility. Many of our products carry organic certification with PRO-CERT and all products are Kosher certified COR 541 by the Kashruth Council of Canada.
As a business we pride ourselves on having the highest quality, locally grown products that are readily available to our customers at a fair price.