To the botanist, Quinoa (pronounced „keen-wa“, with the stress on the first syllable) is by no means a true grain variety, but counts among pseudo-cereals. This goosefoot plant was already known to the Incas – quinoa, maize and potatoes were their staple diet.
Quinoa has been planted in the Andes since at least 3000 BC. There quinoa grows well in the barren soil in up to 5000 m altitude, despite the extreme fluctuation of the temperature.
However, the plant does not only possess remarkable resilience and has a long history of cultivation, but even today its seeds contribute to healthy diet by way of mulis, breads and other products.