Certified Gluten-Free. Good source of fiber & protein. Non GMO Project verified. nongmoproject.org. www.riceselect.com. BPA free. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is technically a gluten-free, nutrient-rich seed and often referred to as a pseudo-grain. Quinoa has been grown for thousands of years and was the mainstay of the ancient Incas. Considered a whole grain by the Whole Grains Council and a vegetarian source of complete Protein (providing all 9 essential amino acids). Cooks in just 15 minutes with a somewhat chewy texture and a slightly nutty flavor. Its great versatility allows for use in any recipe calling for grains. RiceSelect Quinoa is grown in Peru.