Quinoa goes beyond our planet

Our Andean grain is consumed by the crew of the International Space Station for its many nutritional properties, rapid growth texture, weight and others. This superfood now accompanies astronauts on their power ….

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The UN General Assembly declared 2013 “International Year of Quinoa” an ancient culture that has now been sent into space.
Quinoa is a superfood in more than one sentido.Es a good source of protein, the highest of all whole grains, and edible seeds provide all the essential amino acids the human body necesita.Rica fiber, Quinoa is also rich in magnesium, phosphorus and iron as well as vitamin E and potassium.
On board the international space station, astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA), Air Force pilot and protagonist of the second long-duration mission of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) Cristoforetti Samantha has selected quinoa as one their “extra food”.
Initial tests in the greenhouse indicated that quinoa respond well to hydroponic crops grown in controlled environments. Its growth was rapid and seed production was good, what makes quinoa a perfect food for outer space. Quinoa is rich in fiber and minerals, and protein also provides up to 4 grams of protein per 100 grams.
Keep in mind that in space no refrigerators or freezers. Food must be kept at a specific temperature given the high pressure and the absence of gravity. Another thing to consider is that food should be able to be kept for at least 18-24 months without cold chain, ie, at room temperature without preservatives. food packaging is also very important: usually prefer boxes of 30 x 20 cm, a larger and heavier embaljes.
Because of its texture, its weight and its high concentration of vitamins and minerals, quinoa makes a difference.

“Today eat quinoa salad with mackerel overboard from the International Space Station. Meals are a very important day when our day because and we have the opportunity to sit together and, more than that, share it with everyone.

Source: FAO.org

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