Botanist's Glossary

Quinoa - Chenopodium quinoa

  • Description
    • Quinoa (Chenopodiaceae family - the spinach family) is an annual plant native to Peru. It grows to a height of up to 2 meters and has large clusters of many flowers, which are not at all showy. Reddish when mature, they produce small edible seeds. Quinoa has been cultivated for over 5000 years on the high plateaus of South America.
  • Traditions
    • Quinoa had an important place in the diet of the Incas. This seed from the Bolivian Altiplano is widely cultivated today. Gluten-free and very rich in proteins (up to 18%) and minerals, it has excellent nourishing properties.
  • Properties
    • Quinoa extracts are used for their preventative action on fat storage: they prevent the formation of new fat by inhibiting the functionality of adipocytes.