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How it all began

When humans or members of genus Homo have dwelled on the planet for about 2.40 million years, Homo sapiens have been in existence for about 150,000 years. But our cognitive revolution began 70,000 years ago about 10,000 years ago that we began the agricultural revolution in which we began to cultivate grains. Before that humans were hunter-gatherers and they had a very strong physical constitution. With agricultural came the sense of property and belonging to a smaller unit of society called a family and individual housing and grain storage. It also lead to sedentary life-style and the onset of 'disease'. Man thought he had domesticated the grains, but it is these staple grains that have domesticated him to physically weaker species. But, as we began to cook, the food became easier to hedgiest and our intake of nutrients increased the size and functioning ability of our Brains while shrinking our digestive system.

Around 500 years ago, the scientific revolution began, driven by the Industrial revolution, leading to mass production and cultivation of grains. This has led to change in the dietary habits of humans. Fifty years ago, the biotechnological revolution started triggering a sea-change in the way health & wellness is perceived and the advancement in the science of medicine and nutrition has paved way for a better understanding of the food we take.

Circa 4,000 years ago, high up in the Andes Mountains, the Incas had cultivated a wonder grain called 'Quinoa'. It is pronounced as 'Keen-wah' this super food contains all the essential amino acids the human body requires. This food was offered to the Gods by the Incas and the Mayans in Mesoamerican civilizations. It was called 'Chisaya Mama' or 'Mother of all Grains'. In the 15th century, the Spanish arrived and under Herman Cortez destroyed Quinoa fields along with the local culture and religion. For thousands of years Quinoa remained relegated to a very few farms in the mountains. It was only in the 1980s when the Spanish royalty visited South American continent that Quinoa was offered as a part of local cuisine and tradition. The royal chefs and the nutritionists were stunned by this ancient grain that has features of a grain, but was a plant seed. Europe, America and the first world began consuming Quinoa in large quantities.

There are many varieties of Quinoa and the most balanced and tasty is the Golden Quinoa TM, but it has the challenge of having more Saponin in three areas which required a scientific treatment of the seed at an industrial scale. We at Ashtral Biotech Pvt. Ltd have spent years in research and development to perfect a unique technical methodology to organically cultivate and scientifically process Golden Quinoa TM.

This is the reason why Ashtral is the only company chosen by the Government through Global EOI process to set up a Quinoa Processing unit. Ashtral Biotech Pvt Ltd, not only is the only company in the world that has the full intellectual property on Golden Quinoa TM ,but it is also the company that has the largest range of products based on quinoa. We do not use synthetic alkaline or proteases in processing our Quinoa. We use in-house developed organic conditioning agent to treat our Quinoa. This makes ZeroCalz brand which the company sells its Golden Quinoa TM under a very valuable and a leader in its own accord.

The vast and diverse topography of India is endowed with rich soil mixtures that support and nurture some of the world's most exotic and wildest of cultivars. Amongst these high-value bounties of Nature, Golden Quinoa TM stands out as the most balanced, aromatic and versatile of all the Quinoa varieties globally.

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