Harvest: Quinoa

This year’s big experiment was growing Quinoa.  We eat quinoa quite a lot – it’s much  healthier than rice or couscous, so it’s generally our replacement for both in recipes.  When we found out we could grow it ourselves, of COURSE we had to give it a try!

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Here’s the quinoa seed heads, cut from the plants (which grew up to 7′ tall!) and laid out on a tarp to catch the seeds.  We may have waited a bit too long; some of the seed heads were quite dry and we lost a lot of seeds to the ground.20121010-150421.jpg

Dry seed heads.  It’s tough to tell how much quinoa is there, because of all the undeveloped blossoms mixed in.

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Actually, quite a bit of quinoa from that one little handful!!  Of course, it’ll take some work to get ALL the seeds seperated from the chaff, but, we’re excited to have enough to at least make a meal with.. probably several!  Next step is figuring out how to wash all the soapy, bitter saponin off of the seeds so they taste good enough to eat.