Dave Cusak and Stephen Gorad brought the original seedstock from the high Altiplano of Chile to the Colorado Rockies in 1984.
Gorad literally traded the shirt off his back to a Chilean campesino for the seed. Later that year, Cusak was mysteriously killed in Boliva. In spite of setbacks (including a cruse that had to be lifted by a Peruvian shaman), John McCamant persevered with efforts to grow this ancient crop in North America and eventually succeeded.
Golden Rule Garden received some of their seed and has been growing it here in California for us for some years now.
It is a dependable favorite-easy to grow, beautiful, and with great flavor. 5-6 foot plants with multicolored seedheads and tan/gold seed.
BOTANICAL NAME : Chenopodium quinoa
Sow in flats on 1" centers shortly before last frost. May not germinate well in hot weather. Transplant when second set of leaves appear to 12" centers in garden. Be careful not to overly disturb roots when transplanting. Needs well-drained, fertile soil and prefers cool weather. Water sparingly. The bitter soapy seed coating must be washed off before eating-run seeds through blender, changing water until it no longer foams. Seed our handout for more info.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFO: W,H/Matures 13-17/Height 4-6'/Harvest 0-4/Yield grain 6-26, dry biomass 18-78/Spacing 12"
For more information see our: Amaranth & Quinoa Information Sheet