Why is quinoa expensive?
Why is quinoa costly?
Quinoa, which is healthier than brown rice is fast becoming a popular rice replacement in Singapore as people becomes more health conscious.
While the cost of planting and sowing quinoa is not that expensive, the bulk of the cost for good quality quinoa goes into removing saponin, which is a toxic layer that protects the grain and gives it a very bitter taste.
There are many importers that just carry quinoa that are not certified saponin free which is why it is important to soak your quinoa overnight.
Else, you can also buy quinoa that are certified saponin free where the saponin has already been removed.