Chenopodium quinoa 90-120 days. This ancient Andean staple has witnessed a boom of worldwide interest due to its robust nutritional profile. The gluten-free, low-glycemic seeds provide a unique, plant-based complete protein source and are especially high in the essential amino acid l-lysine. Flavorful leaves can be used like spinach and provide an abundance of calcium and iron. For greens, sow 1 inch apart and harvest entire plant at 6-8 inches tall. For grain production and enjoying selected leaves throughout the season, plant 12-14 inches apart. Temperatures above 90° F may inhibit seed formation, but anyone can grow it for nutritious leaves and outstanding ornamental quality. Blooms in late summer to autumn. Selected for its vivid display of colorful seed heads, this ancient plant is a delicious and nutritious edible green and grain. The leaves are thick and succulent with a salty, savory flavor similar to spinach. The tiny grain is nutty, delicious, and packed with protein. Growing to 2 feet tall, it's a practical and striking addition to ornamental beds, adding dazzling shades of fuchsia, burgundy, lime green, cream, orange, and yellow. If planting for greens, sow seeds 1 inch apart and harvest entire plant when it reaches 6-8 inches tall. For grain production and enjoying selected leaves throughout the season, space plants 12-14 inches apart. Blooms in late summer to autumn.
Blooms in late summer to autumn.
Soil temp for germination: 50-70 deg F
Plant spacing: 12-14"