Quinoa is a grain of rapidly increasing demand because of its designation as a "superfood" by the World Health Organization (WHO). It contains all the essential amino acids critical in building the proteins of the human body. It has the highest protein content of any grain. Actually a seed, quinoa is closely related to the Lamb's Quarters, a weed native to NL that can be quite invasive. Quinoa originates from the Andes and is grown and harvested at high elevation in Peru. It is very cold hardy and flourishes in our poor acid soils.
Quinoa should be sown as early as possible in Spring in NL. Distribute seeds in a good density so as to prevent weeds from growing later. The upper stems and flower/seed clusters can be harvested in early to mid fall (late September to mid October) once the seeds resist denting when pinched by the thumbnail.
These seeds originated from Quinoa grown organically by the Tree of Life in Salmonier. The Tree of Life Sustainability Project Inc. is a not-for-profit association located in the lower Salmonier River valley at the head of St. Mary's Bay, NL. It is a developing ecolodge featuring off-the-grid alternative energy, natural building, retreat space, and organic gardening in a Nature setting. Visit us at www.treeoflifenl.com