Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday wonder - Q

Q is for Quinoa. 
This ancient food was one of the staples of the Inca diet.  It's as easy to cook as rice but not as heavy. It's delicious hot or cold, especially in salads.   For some reason, I never think of anyone actually growing it in their garden.  But come with me...


Look through the deer fence.  See those tall plants on the left - just beside the shovel handle?


These are quinoa plants.  Apparently, the leaves are edible, too, but I don't know anyone who has tried them.


And this is what will become the part we usually eat.  My daughter is growing this crop just to see if it works where she lives.  So far as I can see, I'd say it does. 

7 comments:

Ginny said...

I have been hearing about this lately, but have never actually seen any growing! This is neat, I know it is supposed to be very healthy for you. Wonder why it is only now coming into popularity?

Maria said...

I grew it last year in my school garden, and it did grow. Not well, but it grew. I'll try again next year I think.

Rudee said...

You're going to have a very interesting harvest this year.

Paws on the Run said...

Cool!

Angie said...

If I could grow this I would save quite a bit of money! I love quinoa it is so good for all sorts of things. Pretty too. Have a great week.

Shoshana said...

wow! I have no idea this is what Quinoa looks like. I never even thought to check google pictures of this thing. :) Really nice pictures.

Mimi said...

It's a lovely looking plant, first time I've seen it. The dietician in our local health food shop always recommends quinoa but I've yet to try it.

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