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** Quinoa **

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Subfamily: Chenopodioideae
Genus: /Chenopodium/
Species: /*C. quinoa*/
Binomial name
*/Chenopodium quinoa/*

*Quinoa* (/ˈkiːnwɑː/ or /kɨˈnoʊ.ə/, Spanish:
/quinua/, from Quechua: /kinwa/), a species of goosefoot /(Chenopodium),/
is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a
pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of
the true grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species
such as beetroots, spinach and tumbleweeds.


· 1 Overview
· 2 Biology

· 2.1 Natural distribution
· 2.2 Saponin content

· 3 History and culture

· 3.1 Early history
· 3.2 Rising popularity and crop value
· 3.3 Kosher controversy

· 4 Nutritional value
· 5 Cultivation

· 5.1 Climate requirements
· 5.2 Sowing
· 5.3 Cultivation management
· 5.4 Harvesting and handling

· 6 International Year of Quinoa
· 7 References
· 8 Further reading
· 9 External links


Quinoa seeds

Quinoa (the name is derived from the Spanish spelling of the Quechua name
/kinwa/ or occasionally "Qin-wah") 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.^[1]

Similar /Chenopodium/ species, such as pitseed goosefoot (/Chenopodium
berlandieri/) and fat hen (/Chenopodium album/), were grown and
domesticated in North America as part of the Eastern Agricultural Complex
before maize agriculture became popular.^[2] Fat

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa

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