Quinoa Seeds (Chenopodium quinoa)
Quinoa ("keen-wa") has been cultivated for at least 5000 years. It will germinate in fairly cool conditions and prefers light, well-drained soil. It looks like lambs-quarters and has nutritious flavourful greens. By midsummer, a large seedhead develops, loaded with millet-like seeds. In dry autumns, seeds can be harvested after the leaves have dried and fallen by simply stripping them from the stalk between thumb and forefinger.
Quinoa is 15-16% protein and is high in E and B vitamins, calcium, iron and phosphorous. It is easy to digest and has a delicious flavour. It must be thoroughly rinsed before cooking and is then prepared like rice. (Less rinsing is required if mixed with other grains.) Simmer it for 15 minutes in an equal volume of water.
Quinoa can cross with its weedy relatives, so it's best to weed out the much more branching lambs-quarters if you wish to save seed for next year.
Quinoa packets contain many hundred seeds.
We are currently offering 5 varieties of Quinoa Seeds (Chenopodium quinoa).
A selection from our Multi-Hued Quinoa plants of the most vibrant and colourful flower-heads.
Variable coloured flower-heads uniformly produce vibrant purple seeds. Original accession from Peru via the late David Cusack.
Our own selection from plants with huge chunky flower/seed heads. Plants growing from 5 to 7 feet tall.
Just as healthy as its sister white quinoa, this red seeded quinoa is also a complete protein, with a slightly earthier taste. Grows 5-6 ft tall. Thin to minimum of 1 foot apart for maximum growth. Use leaves fresh or cooked throughout spring and summer.
Stands 5-6 feet tall and has vibrant flower colours, ranging from red through orange and yellow to purple and mauve. Thin to at least a foot apart for maximum growth. Leaves are good fresh or cooked through spring and summer. (Packets contain 1000+ seeds)