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Uncovering the Ancient Superfood: Kiwicha from the Peruvian Andes

Kiwicha, also known as Amaranth, is a gluten-free superfood grain that has been cultivated for thousands of years in South America. It was a staple food in the Inca civilization, and played a significant role in their culture and mythology. The Incas believed that kiwicha was a sacred grain with spiritual powers, and used it in various religious ceremonies.

Kiwicha is highly nutritious, and is an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Its high protein content makes it a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. Kiwicha's fiber content helps regulate digestion and prevent constipation, while its antioxidants help protect against chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Kiwicha is also rich in iron, calcium, and magnesium, which are essential for maintaining healthy bones, teeth, and muscles.

Kiwicha can be used in a variety of dishes, including porridge, bread, cakes, and even energy bars. The Incas used roasted kiwicha seeds mixed with honey to make a sweet treat, while modern-day chefs use kiwicha flour as a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour in baking. Kiwicha's nutty flavor and crunchy texture make it a popular ingredient in breakfast bowls, granolas, and salads.

If you're ever interested in trying Kiwicha but don't know where to begin, come visit us at Brasa Peruvian and try our healthy and delicious Kiwicha Avo Toast. This tangy-fresh toast is made with a slice of crispy sourdough bread, generously topped with our creamy whole avocado mash, a squeeze of lime juice, and a drizzle of Peruvian salsa.

It is then garnished with a sprinkle of Kiwicha which adds a delightful crunch to the toast, as well as organic Peruvian cacao nibs and dried pomegranate for a touch of sweetness and a burst of flavour. To finish, the toast is decorated with a handful of fresh cilantro and mint, as well as a pinch of salt and pepper to balance out the flavours.

In conclusion, Kiwicha is an ancient superfood grain that is highly nutritious and versatile in its uses. It has been used for centuries by the Inca civilization, and continues to be a valuable food source today. Come visit us at Brasa Peruvian Kitchen to try our Kiwicha Avo Toast by clicking here, and reap the health benefits of this amazing superfood grain.