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Brightest Brilliant Rainbow Quinoa
'Brightest Brilliant Rainbow ' quinoa
Brightest Brilliant Rainbow Quinoa
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'Brightest Brilliant Rainbow' Quinoa Certified Naturally Grown Seed
(Chenopodium quinoa)

90 to 120 days — 'Brightest Brilliant Rainbow' grows a mix of beautifully colored flower / seed heads - pink, red, burgundy, orange, yellow, white and green. Along with being 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.

Our stock was grown in the Coastal Mountain Range of Oregon's Southern Willamette Valley on the Certified Organic farm of one of our growers, Alan Adesse.

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) 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 therefore not a true grain. It is actually more closely related to beets and spinach. The seeds, therefore, are high in protein and 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 gram is approximately 280 seeds.

More Information:
  1. USDA Nutritional Database
  2. "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

In an effort to keep this variety available to home gardeners, 'Brightest Brilliant Rainbow' quinoa has been released by Frank Morton (the breeder) to the public under the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI). You have the freedom to use these OSSI-Pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, if you save seeds or use 'Brightest Brilliant Rainbow' to breed a new variety, you pledge not to restrict others' use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives. To learn more about this program, click here.
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Rainbow Quinoa
First attemp to grow it at home. Placed seeds directly into composted garden and watched it take off. long growing season. Planted in May. Heads just turning colors now(early Sept). Great protein. Can't wait for next year.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Pappas from Connecticut. on 8/30/2012
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