saponin

noun
sa·​po·​nin | \ˈsa-pə-nən, sə-ˈpō-\

Definition of saponin 

: any of various mostly toxic glucosides that occur in plants (such as soapwort or soapbark) and are characterized by the property of producing a soapy lather especially : a hygroscopic amorphous saponin mixture used especially as a foaming and emulsifying agent and detergent

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Rinsing rids quinoa of the bitter saponin, which coats the seed. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Quinoa pairs with a trio of mushrooms and kale for Passover side dish," 25 Mar. 2018 This removes a natural pesticide found on the exterior of the kernels known as saponins. Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why Quinoa Is a Better Choice Than Rice," 6 Mar. 2018 One reason quinoa has only recently become popular outside the Andes is that the grains are covered by saponins, a bitter tasting substance. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Genome Mapping Could Lead to Cheaper and More Abundant Quinoa," 13 Feb. 2017 More recipes: Quinoa comes with a pest-repellent coating called saponin. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Tiny quinoa packs big protein punch," 22 July 2017 Doing so removes the outer layer called saponin, which can lend an unpleasantly bitter flavor. Rick Martinez, Bon Appetit, "Harissa-Roasted Broccoli, Tofu, and Quinoa Bowl," 19 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of saponin

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saponin

French saponine, from Latin sapon-, sapo

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saponin

noun
sa·​po·​nin | \ˈsap-ə-nən, sə-ˈpō- \

Medical Definition of saponin 

: any of various mostly toxic glucosides that occur in plants (as soapbark) and are characterized by the property of producing a soapy lather especially : a hygroscopic amorphous saponin mixture used especially as a foaming and emulsifying agent and detergent

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