Chenopodium Quinoa Case Study

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The alternative crop plant that I have chosen to write about is Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa). Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) is a flowering plant that comes from the amaranth family. The crop is an annual plant that is usually about one to two meters high. The stem is branched or unbranched and could be green, red, or purple. The panicles arise from the top of the plant along the stem. Also, the seeds are about two millimeters in diameter and of various colors. This crop would be a grain but it does not come from the grass like wheat, oats or barley (Raffael, 2012). This crop is well adapted to extreme environmental conditions and is also an important food source for human consumption. The seeds of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) are nutritionally important because they have high protein content. The seeds also have an abundance of amino acids, vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals and natural antioxidants that are essential to humans (Bhargava & Srivastava, 2013). The seeds are harvested from the flower heads of a plant and this crop is…show more content…
The crop originally came from the Andes, however, has started to be cultivated in many different regions of the world. The United States has even made varieties of the plant so harvesting of the plant is easier. This means that the harvesting doesn’t have to be done by hand. Also, the varieties in the United States grow uniformity which allows the entire crop to be harvested at once. This is different from the Andes varieties because all the panicles mature at different times. Another reason this crop has grown to become more popular is that the crop is healthy as a food source but also gluten-free. The crop can also grow in many extreme climates whether warm or cold the plant adapts to the climate it is growing in. Overall, this crop is a great alternative crop because it provides humans with the nutrients we

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