Quinoa

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Quinoa
Chenopodium quinoa0.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Chenopodium
Species:
C. quinoa
Binomial name
Chenopodium quinoa
Quinoa Ursprung Verbreitung.png
Natural distribution in red, Cultivation in green
Synonyms[1]

Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa; (/ˈknwɑː/ or /kɪˈn.ə/, from Quechua kinwa or kinuwa)[2] is a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium). It is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds.

Quinoa is not a real cereal, or grain, but more of a vegetable, as it is not a member of the grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds. Its leaves are also eaten as a leaf vegetable, much like amaranth. Quinoa greens are not widely available for purchase. Quinoa gives high quality protein and other nutrients. It has been called a 'superfood'.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  2. Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)
  3. Overall nutrient richness