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Shelly 25 Colorado Black Quinoa<BR>Sold Out for 2014
'Shelly 25' Colorado Black Quinoa
Shelly 25 Colorado Black Quinoa
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'Shelly 25' Colorado Black Quinoa
(Chenopodium quinoa)

[ NOTE: Our suppliers of this variety have decided to stop farming and all stock is exhausted.  We hope to have a new crop available for your 2015 gardens.  If you would like to be notified when it is back in stock, please add yourself to the waiting list. ]

90 to 120 days — The farmers that supply us with this variety began selecting for growth and taste from quinoa being grown in the San Luis Valley of Colorado.  After several years of this laborious process, they released 'Shelly 25'.

Along with the aforementioned traits, it is productive.  Each plant typically yields one to two ounces of seeds but in rich, fertile soil, over six ounces is possible.  The plants are also hardy.  During the 2011 season he told us that, ". . . we experienced a five hundred year drought with 60% loss and then an early heavy snow knocked down another 20%. But the plants still survived."

The flower / seed heads are a beautifully colored mix and are quite ornamental.  The seeds are harvested and used as a grain.  Once dried, the seeds can be stored for later use.  Additionally, young leaves can be harvested and eaten either raw or as a cooked green.

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is an ancient cultivated plant.  Its use dates back to at least the Incan civilization. Although it is grown and used primarily as a grain, it is not in the grass family, and not a true grain.  It is actually more closely related to beets and spinach.  The seeds, therefore, contain no gluten.  With an increase in awareness about gluten allergies or sensitivities and diseases such as celiac disease, interest in quinoa is on the rise.

Used as a grain, the flavor of quinoa can range from bland to nutty and delicious.  Lightly roasting before cooking enhances the flavor.  According to the USDA's Nutrition Database, quinoa contains a nearly perfect protein for human consumption. It actually is a good substitute for meat as a source for dietary protein.  It is also a good source for calcium and iron.  Click here for a simple quinoa side dish recipe.

Each packet contains 3.5 grams, which is about 1000 seeds.

More Information:

1) USDA Nutritional Database
"Quinoa: Production, Consumption and Social Value in Historical Context," Alan L. Kolata, Department of Anthropology, The University of Chicago
3)  "Alternative Field Crop Manual: Quinoa," University of Wisconsin Extension
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