We’re thrilled to announce that our Zócalo Organic Kañiwa ancient grain from Peru has won a sofi™ Silver Award in the pasta, rice, grains category in the Specialty Food Association’s 2017 sofi™ Awards competition! This is the second sofi win for Zócalo Kañiwa, with a silver awarded in 2011.
A sofi is the top honor in the $127 billion specialty food industry (some say it’s the Oscars of gourmet food). “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation and represents the best of the best from members of the Specialty Food Association.
Kañiwa, a naturally gluten-free ancient grain grown in the high Andes Mountains of Peru, is from the same family as quinoa, but is higher in protein and iron. It has a delicious earthy flavor with a reddish brown color, and can be used as a substitute for rice or pasta, in soups and casseroles, and is fantastic in salads. This grain is also free of bitter saponin coating, so it does not requiring rinsing before use. We’re proud to source this kañiwa from an association of farmers in the Juliaca region of the Peruvian Andes.
Zócalo Organic Kañiwa was one of 154 Winners selected by a national panel of 62 specialty food experts from 3,000 entries across 39 categories. Every entry is carefully assessed by passionate and knowledgeable food professionals including chefs, culinary experts, academics, food writers, and category buyers. Products are judged on taste, including flavor, appearance, texture and aroma, as well as ingredient quality. All tastings are blind.
If you haven’t tried this unique, delicious and versatile grain, you’re in for a treat! It can be purchased from Marx Pantry. Try out a few of these easy, healthful recipes that feature kañiwa grain.