The Quinoa Chenopodium quinoa A pseudocereal similar to Buckwheat, Quinoa is primarily grown for its edible seeds, although the leaves are edible as well. Originating in the Andes mountains, it was domesticated approximately 3000-4000 years ago in the Lake Titicaca basin.
Quinoa Chenopodium quinoa
Quinoa is a species of the goosefoot genus (Chenopodium quinoa), agrain crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal, similar in some respects to buckwheat, rather than a true cereal, as it is not a member of the true grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such asbeetroots, spinach and tumbleweeds. As a member of the Amaranthaceae family, it is related to and resembles amaranth, which is also a pseudocereal.
After harvest, the seeds must be processed to remove the coating containing the bitter-tasting saponins. The seeds are in general cooked the same way as rice and can be used in a wide range of dishes. The leaves are eaten as a leaf vegetable, much like amaranth, but commercial availability of quinoa greens is limited.