|Natural distribution in red, Cultivation in green|
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'.
Chenopodium quinoa -red faro- - Museum specimen
References[change | change source]
- "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Archived from the original on September 25, 2019. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
- Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)
- "Overall nutrient richness". Archived from the original on 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2015-05-05.