Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa)

About Quinoa

  • Quinoa is a South American staple crop that produces seeds which are small and edible.
  • A quinoa plant can reach 9 feet in height (depending on the type) and exhibits changing colors (including greens, yellows, reds/purples) as the plant matures.
  • 80% of the world’s quinoa is produced in Bolivia and Peru.
  • Quinoa is highly regarded as one of few plants that provides complete protein.

Fast Facts

  • Quinoa is gluten free.
  • The United States imports 45% of the quinoa produced in the world.


  • Human consumption
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Other Consumer Products: soaps, cosmetics, detergent