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Quinoa

  1. Improving Every Day for Rural Women

    Olam's ambition to improve smallholder farmer livelihoods cannot be fully achieved without addressing gender equality.  A fundamental human right, gender equality is also strongly linked to agricultural productivity and social and economic development.  As women, we are personally as well as professionally committed to improving the lives of women every day... Burcu Turkay, Narawadee Modenuch, and Brigitte Mugiraneza discuss Olam's initiatives that are working to improve every day for rural women.

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  2. All About Quinoa

    Quinoa is a popular superfood known for its health benefits, and it's an important part of Olam's Superfoods offerings.  We take you through a little Quinoa 101 in this article!

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  3. Bringing Organic Quinoa to the World

    Quinoa is the crown jewel of Andean agriculture. As such, many people in the Andean region take pride in making their livelihood as contributors to the industry. What exactly does it take to get this ancient grain from the beautiful fields of Peru, onto your plate?

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  4. Saponin in Quinoa

    Saponins are the primary non-nutritional factor of quinoa seeds.  They're found in the shell and are responsible for the bitter taste sometimes associated with Quinoa. Its content is a distinguishing factor for classifying the varieties of quinoa as sweet or bitter.

    Saponins act as a natural protective barrier against the attack of pathogens and herbivores. There are a wide range of biological properties reported and associated with these compounds, of which its natural fungicidal capacity for other plants stands out...

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  5. Adaptability and Nutritional Value of Quinoa

    Quinoa has been a core crop in the South American Andes Mountains since ancient times. Even today, it continues to be a staple of agriculture in the region, especially in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador.

    The quinoa plant grows with significant variability and diversity of shapes. The varieties or eco types can be classified into 5 basic categories, according to their adaptation to the geographical characteristics...

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  6. Food Quality and Safety in Olam Quinoa: BRC Certification

    The British Retail Consortium (BRC), was created by British retail distributors to guarantee the quality and safety of food; in addition to complying with the law in marketing related processes.

    BRC is a quality management system that demonstrates compliance with food safety standards and allows us to guarantee a safe product for consumers...

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  7. Sustainability in Olam Quinoa: Harvest Begins for the Andean Quinoa Farmers

    The healthy values of quinoa grains (Chenopodium quinoa) are well known. The Andean crop is one of the most nutritional grains in the world, with a protein content ranging from 13% to 17%.  Furthermore, it is one of the few grains that contains all the amino acids necessary to support life. Despite the emergence of novel coronavirus, which has strained global food supply chains and curbed demand in many sectors of the industry, the world's quinoa demand has remained steady and is expected to continue to do so...

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