Quinoa is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavour when cooked.
Most commonly considered a grain, the quinoa plant is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard, rather than a member of the grass family. It is a recently rediscovered ancient "grain" once considered "the gold of the Incas."
Quinoa is a very good source of manganese. It is also a good source of magnesium, folate, and phosphorus.