"British quinoa has one subtle variation to its South American counterparts that makes a world of difference when it comes to taste, saponin. Saponin is a bitter soapy coating that's applied to deter birds from the crops. To remove it you have to scrub away the fibre. But in England the birds don't eat the crops so there's no need for saponin, so you get to keep all the fibre on and you get a richer flavour."
How it's grown
Sam Barker is a third generation organic quinoa farmer in Shropshire. With his farm neatly located by the Welsh mountains, which provide shelter for his crops, and in a river valley with dry, sandy soil that drains well, he has an ideal location for growing this versatile seed.
The unassuming quinoa seed is a complete source of plant-based protein, essential for growth.