Red Quinoa Seed - Certified Organic
Quinoa as a Garden Plant
The challenge that most growers face when trying to cultivate quinoa is an ideal climate and garden size. Quinoa has very specific growing conditions, it will typically do well in zones 4 and higher, and needs a garden with a great deal of space.
Quinoa is slightly particular and needs a great deal of sun but with cooler nights and shorter days. Quinoa will not thrive if the temperatures rise higher than 90°F. Directly seed unwashed quinoa seeds into loose, loamy soil. Take care not to plant quinoa seeds too deep, around ¼ inch will do, in rows about 24 inches apart.
Red quinoa is a star in the kitchen, thanks to the wide range of dishes it can be used in. This pseudo-grain can be used as a rice substitute, the base of a grain bowl, in soups and salads, or even in baking! Red quinoa has a slightly firmer and nuttier taste than white quinoa. The lovely red color is a great addition to any meal, especially when combined with vibrant vegetables.
- Breakfast dishes
- Soups and stews
- Gluten-free baking
Quinoa was considered holy for the Incas. Few plants thrive in the same harsh climate that quinoa grows in, the Andean plateau of South America. Long before it was consumed regularly in the human diet, quinoa was grown for animal feed. Check out the white quinoa page for more interesting information about quinoa.
Red quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein, with 9 grams of protein in each cup. Quinoa also contains a great deal of fiber and a range of minerals like magnesium and phosphorus. Red quinoa, like all quinoa, is gluten-free making it a great option for those who need to avoid gluten.