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What’s our problem with quinoa?

It’s fflavoursome and nutritious – so why do so many of us struggle to embrace the divisive South American seed? Writer and unapologetic quinoa fan Rhodri Marsden reckons that, basically, it’s because we’re British

Some call it a ‘fashionable seed’ or a ‘versatile super food’. Others dismiss it as a ‘fancy grain’, even though it’s not a grain and looks a bit like sand. But for those eager to move on from the gluttonous excesses of Christmas, quinoa can point you in the direction of wellbeing and vitality, thanks to its nutritional dissimilarity to brandy butter. Google data reliably informs us that internet searches for ‘quinoa’ experience a massive spike every January as people seek to establish exactly how good for you it is and, more importantly, what to do with it. But for every person who embraces quinoa as a healthy option, there will be three or four who ridicule it as the exclusive foodstuff of the middle classes – or, worse, hipsters.

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The new issue of delicious. is out now. Bin the resolutions (we tell you why it’s the worst time for them) and warm up with fireside feasts and hearty food that feeds body and soul – sweet and savoury pithiviers, melty Swiss cheese fondues, Paul Merrett’s slow-cooked lamb, Gill Meller’s squid with smoked bacon and more. Our bigger midweek section is packed with money-saving meals, healthy eating and vegan recipes. And if the weather still gets you down, be transported to exotic climes with our aromatic recipes from India. Welcome to the joy of January!