Health Nut: Keenwah

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Health Nut: Keenwah


Here at Londonist we love to indulge in all sorts of devilishly scrumptious treats. However, we know healthy, conscientious eating is the key to a happy life.

Quinoa, according to its Wikipedia entry, is a pseudocereal (rather than a true cereal) grown primarily for its edible seeds, originally cultivated around 6000 years ago in the Andes and held sacred by the ancient Incas. It’s tasty too, especially when prepared in a salad by Exmouth Market food vendors, Keenwah (named after the phonetic spelling of this traditional Andean staple). Keenwah, a whole food salad company, prides itself on preparing “fresh, wholefood and natural quinoa salads,” which are “unusual, extremely healthy and really delicious.” And, Londonist is quite keen to spread the good news about their wholesome yumminess.

Extremely healthy indeed! Quinoa’s so good for you that the United Nations classifies it as a super crop. Without getting all scientific, quinoa is a good source for complex carbohydrates, calcium, dietary fibre, vitamin E and B and (as one of very few vegetable-based complete proteins) provides all nine essential amino acids.

Londonist highly recommends Keenwah's salads to anyone looking for a guiltless pleasure or simply a break from the norm. In fact, we can’t think of anything not to like about Keenwah, aside from the fact that they only vend Wednesday through Friday at Exmouth Market. However, word on the Keenwah website is that “very soon you can find us at Rupert Street in Soho too.” We like the sound of that!

Photography by Chris Osburn.

Last Updated 19 May 2008