Zócalo Peru Organic Kañiwa Grain


Winner of a Silver sofi Award for 2017!

Kañiwa (pronounced ka-nyi-wa) is a remarkably nutritious grain of the high Andes that has been described as helping to ‘sustain untold generations of Indians’ in one of the world’s most difficult agricultural regions. Often referred to as “baby quinoa” kañiwa is an ancient grain that is higher in protein than quinoa and with an earthy taste and rich color. Naturally gluten-free, it can be used as a substitute for rice or pasta and is fantastic in cold salads, soups, stir-frys or in hot cereals. Unlike quinoa, kañiwa doesn’t have a bitter coating that requires it to be washed before using.

This species of Goosefoot (flowering plant), similar to quinoa, is grown in the Andes extreme highland environment where wheat, rye and corn grow unreliably or not at all. It is considered more resistant than any other grain crop to a combination of frost (frost occurs up to nine months of the year in this region), drought, salt, and pests.

Like other Zócalo heritage products, it is produced by an association of Peruvian farmers in the Andes Mountains and is USDA certified organic.


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2017 Silver sofi winner for Outstanding Grain





100% kaniwa grain – whole, milled raw or toasted. No preservatives or additives.


This product has been produced free of gluten, dairy, soy, and genetically engineered ingredients.


100% recyclable


1 lb: 8 32924 00895 0

Item No.

10 lb bag – 2 pack: ZHB214, 1 lb box – 8 pack: ZHR310


Nutrition Facts

El Altiplano was founded in 1994 with non-profit support as a way to organize and support the hard working farmers of his region. The company works with over 150 producers of quinoa and kañiwa, hearty heritage grains that have sustained the people of this rough terrain for centuries. The company has cultivated a strong bond with all of the farmers over the years, and the services they offer have grown and changed in relationship to the farmers’ needs. The company supplies the farmers with seeds and seed selection training, organic certification, the use of farming equipment, agricultural training, and low interest loans to purchase needed animals and resources.

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