Quinoa – a super food from the Andes mountains that is a magical grain and now a hot food product on the international market. This super food is gluten free, low carbohydrate compared to rice and offers 4% protein. How I love Quinoa and what it offers for a healthy lifestyle.
Originating from the altiplano the high altitude regions of Bolivia and Peru, Quinoa was first cultivated by the Andean people some 3,000 – 4,000 years ago. Once dried, its longevity in a dry climate is a staple in the food stores along with Chuno and Tunta, the freeze-dried potatoes of the Altiplano.
There has been a Quinoa Boom between 2006 and 2013 where the prices for Quinoa have tripled. With this increase in demand, farmers in Bolivia have transitioned from potato crops to the much more profitable Quinoa. Three types of Quinoa are grown, White, Red, and Black colored Quinoa. These varieties of Quinoa grow best in altitudes ranging from 8,000 feet to 13,000 feet high and are still harvested primarily by hand.
Painstakingly cutting the stalks, they are stacked in pyramids or stacks to dry in the arid climate. Next, the stalks are thrashed to knock the Quinoa seeds off of the stalks. Thrashing is the next stage where the seeds are cast into the air for the chaff to fly off. A final drying of the Quinoa is needed prior to packaging for selling.
We had amazing views of sweeping red and ready to harvest Quinoa fields throughout our travels between La Paz to Uyuni and further out towards Laguna Colorada. One particular area was huge and I had the opportunity to pull out the drone and get some idea of just how far back the fields really did go. They seemed to never end.
Enjoy this unique view of the Bolivian Quinoa fields, and enjoy some Quinoa for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.
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Such rich colours! Really enjoying this series of posts.
Thrilled you’re enjoying these so. Thank you!
Amazing vistas, love the video. It looks like they are grown in pure sand!
it is quite sandy, and then clay soil Eliza. Rather unforgiving stuff. Thank you. 🙂
I have never had quinoa, but it seems to be the latest craze in the culinary world! I must try it some time. 👍
I think I just fell off of my chair! Never tried Quinoa ?? What are you waiting for? Super easy to cook, very versatile. Here’s a recipe you can try out. https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/quinoa-salad-recipe0-1946649
Thank you, Emily. I know I must try. I’ll let you know when I do. Recipe sounds really good, except perhaps the avocado, as it turns my stomach, but I suppose I could leave it out. 😉
I love quinoa! I never knew that it was so beautiful though. Loving your adventures, gorgeous video and pictures.
I’m thrilled you’re taking this journey with me Terri. It means so much to me. I love Quinoa as well and seeing it ready for harvest was incredible. Two more weeks later and we would have missed it. Can you imagine?
I know how healthy quinoa is but I never realised it was so beautiful. I’m enjoying looking around your blog and seeing these wonderful locales.