National Quinoa Day

January 16

When is National Quinoa Day?

National Quinoa Day happens on Tuesday January 16, 2024.

National Quinoa Day: Honoring the Ancient ‘Mother Grain’

On January 16th, culinary enthusiasts celebrate National Quinoa Day, a day set aside to honor the ancient grain that has become a modern staple in healthy diets worldwide. Quinoa, often referred to as the ‘mother grain’ by the Incas, has been cultivated in the Andean region for thousands of years. Today, it is lauded for its nutritional value and versatility in the kitchen.

The Spectrum of Quinoa:

Quinoa comes in various types, each with its own unique texture and subtle flavor differences:

  • White Quinoa: The most common variety, with the mildest flavor and fluffiest texture after cooking.
  • Red Quinoa: Holds its shape better than white quinoa, with a heartier taste and chewier texture, making it ideal for salads.
  • Black Quinoa: A bit earthier and sweeter than white or red, it’s known for its crunchiness and visual appeal in dishes.
  • Tri-Color Quinoa: A blend of white, red, and black quinoa that offers a spectrum of textures and a festive look.

Versatile and Nutritious:

Quinoa is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein — a rare find in plant-based foods. It’s also high in fiber, minerals, and B-vitamins, and it’s naturally gluten-free.

The uses of quinoa in cooking are as diverse as its types:

  1. Breakfast Bowls: Start the day with a protein-packed quinoa breakfast bowl, mixed with nuts, fruits, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
  2. Salads and Sides: Use quinoa as a base for salads or as a nutritious side dish, flavored with herbs and spices.
  3. Stuffed Vegetables: Quinoa can be used as a hearty filling for bell peppers, zucchini, or tomatoes.
  4. Baking: Incorporate quinoa into baked goods for added texture and nutrition.
  5. Burgers: Ground and mixed with other ingredients, quinoa can form the patty of a satisfying veggie burger.

National Quinoa Day Celebrations:

Food bloggers and chefs often take to social media to share their favorite quinoa recipes on National Quinoa Day. Restaurants might feature special dishes showcasing quinoa, while grocery stores often provide discounts and promotions to encourage shoppers to discover the benefits of this ‘super grain.’

When does National Quinoa Day happen next year?

National Quinoa Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Thursday January 16, 2025
  • Friday January 16, 2026
  • Saturday January 16, 2027
  • Sunday January 16, 2028
  • Tuesday January 16, 2029


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