The staple food of the Incas, quinoa is grown for its seeds but can also be harvested young for its greens. It is a domesticated variety of lamb’s quarters, growing 4′-8′ tall. The seeds and seed heads vary greatly in colour. The seeds are higher in protein than cereal grains and somewhat resemble millet and sesame seeds. The seeds are covered with a bitter tasting saponin which is removed by rinsing thoroughly in cold water. Cook the seeds whole (cooking time about 20 minutes) or grind into flour. Quinoa produces a heavy yield of seeds, resists frost and drought well, and tolerates poor soil. Perhaps this plant has a future as a field crop in Saskatchewan.
Biobio is new for us from Wild Garden Seed, a blond-seeded cultivar about 5′ tall.Other Seed Crops / Quinoa
Temuco gives a good yield of small blond seeds and is the quinoa variety we have grown most often.Other Seed Crops / Quinoa
Dave #407 has medium yellow-brown seeds and is probably the most widely grown quinoa variety in western Canada.Other Seed Crops / Quinoa
Kcoito is a quinoa that has large seeds which are either purple-red or slate-grey. The whole plant, including leaves and seed heads, is quite variable in colour, displaying a mixture of reds, greens, and yellows.Other Seed Crops / Quinoa
Black Quinoa has variable coloured flower-heads producing copious amounts of vibrant black seeds.Other Seed Crops / Quinoa
A quinoa from Frank Morton at Wild Garden Seed. A sturdy, high yielding strain with bright pinkish red seed heads. Morton has selected to withstand some rain at maturity without seed sprouting in the head, an important new trait in quinoa if there is a wet fall.Other Seed Crops / Quinoa
Mint Vanilla Quinoa is also from Frank Morton and has bright white seed heads tinged with green, and white seeds.Other Seed Crops / Quinoa