Know Your Quinoa
Ever try quinoa? I’m not sure I have either. One of these days I’ll have to give one of Dr. Fuhrman’s quinoa recipes a whirl. In the meantime, I’ll in enroll myself in quinoa-school over at Vegan Grandma. She’s got a whole bunch of quinoa factoids, take a look:
Quinoa is not a true cereal grain but is technically a fruit of the Chenopodium family. Chenopodium plants have characteristic leaves shaped like a goose foot. The genus also includes our common weed, lamb's-quarters. Quinoa is also related to Swiss chard, beets, and spinach.
Quinoa is an annual herb that grows from three to six feet high, and like millet its seeds are in large clusters at the end of the stalk.
Quinoa thrives with low rainfall; high altitudes, thin, cold air; hot sun; sub-freezing temperatures; and even poor, sandy, alkaline soil. It is this ability to thrive where few other food crops can that has allowed quinoa to remain the staple of millions of descendants of the Inca Empire.
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