- a tall crop plant, Chenopodium quinoa, of the amaranth family, cultivated mainly in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile for its small, ivory-colored seed, which is used as a food staple.
Origin of quinoa
1615–25; < Spanish < Quechua kinua, kinoa
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The personal chef of Diane von Furstenberg shares three delicious and colorful recipes for quinoa.
Quinoa risotto I love risotto, but rarely eat it because I always feel so heavy and slow afterward.
Add the quinoa to the glass bowl, season with salt and pepper, and add the lemon juice.
While the lobster is still warm, add it to the quinoa, gently breaking up the lobster meat into manageable-size pieces.
Since this list was printed, I have been informed that the quinoa is wild in Chili.Origin of Cultivated Plants
Alphonse De Candolle
We noticed also quinoa and even barley growing at an elevation of 14,000 feet.Inca Land
Previous to the discovery of America, “quinoa” was an article of food, supplying the place of wheat.
The quinoa seeds, when boiled, are both pleasant and nutritious, but especially so when boiled in milk.
The Indians of Cochinoca and Susques sow lucerne and barley for fodder, and the quinoa and potato for food.The Argentine Republic
- a grain high in nutrients traditionally grown as a staple food high in the Andes
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Word Origin and History for quinoa
1620s, from Spanish spelling of Quechua kinua.
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