Have you ever tried Quinoa? Pronounced "keenwa" according to Carla Emery, it's a non-grass grain. It's a staple in South America and it grows best in high elevation areas. It's something I may just have to try here in the Cariboo, where we sit at an 2850 foot elevation.
Quinoa does not like heat - best planted in rows about 4 feet apart, it will branch out instead of making just one seed head. Reading from Carla's "Encylopedia of Country Living" she says that if planted thinly and then thinned again to 8 inches apart, less than one ounce of seed will sow 100 feet. This should yield anywhere from 25 to 50 pounds.
We're eating Quinoa with some of our meals, replacing potatoes or rice. I think I have found my experiment for 2011. I have to find some seed and will start looking now!
Have you tried growing it? Have you tried eating it? I'd love some feedback about Quinoa, so please let me know.Sphere: Related Content