One of the Biggest Exports of quinoa to the U.S. is Bolivia. But it is under wraps.
Quinoa, the magic grain. Quinoa is one of the healthier grains out there because it is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It contains
almost twice as much fiber than most other grains. Quinoa contains iron and many other vitamins. It is a really a superfood, and just starting to become known in the last 5 years.
Unfortunately, the original farmers in ‘El Alto’, Bolivia who make the quinoa fresh, don’t know how to make a business, they usually sell it to neighboring countries, and then these countries claim it as their own. I mean, what can you do if you don’t know how business works, you do what you know, you sell to someone else. That’s a shame because those profits that can be sold by the masses from Bolivia can help their economy.
Bolivia needs to start marketing their brand as their own. There can be so much business that can be internationally done with Bolivia, yet few farmers in Bolivia has the education to do this. Therefore mostly only people who live outside of Bolivia do business with Bolivia to export their own countries brands internationally.
My dad’s best friend Fernando who is from Bolivia and is currently selling ‘Andean Dream’ cookies in Whole Foods, and other types of products like quinoa pasta with this same brand. He is currently living in California and works outside of Bolivia. This is an example of how the business can benefit and done internationally. I have high hopes that Bolivia will invest in their quinoa business and I have higher hope that Bolivia will work with more countries internationally.
Below are a few different forms of quinoa dishes.
Quinoa Farms in ‘El Alto’ Bolivia
Andean Dream Cookies
Black Bean Quinoa Sliders
Blueberry Quinoa Salad
Chickpea Quinoa Salad