Quinoa / quinua / kinwa plant native to Andes Mountains, South America, staple food.
Quinoa (Spanish: quinua, from Quechua: kinwa), a plant native to the Andes Mountains in South America, has been a staple food since before Inca times. Quinoa is a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. Because it is not a member of the grass family, it is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal or grain. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds. Quinoa originated in the Andean region of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, where it was successfully domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago for human consumption, though archeological evidence shows a non-domesticated association with pastoral herding some 5,200 to 7,000 years ago. Quinoa is gluten-free, is exceptionally high in protein, and is a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, and iron. The photo is from the end of the Santa Cruz Trek in the Cordillera Blanca, Andes Mountains, Peru, South America.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download