Quinoa - Chenopodium quinoa
Quinoa belongs to the Chenopodiaceae family, which also includes spinach and beetroot. The plant can grow to a height of two meters and its seeds are grouped at the top of the plant in conical clusters. This traditional plant has been cultivated for over five thousand years on the high plateau of South America, for its protein-rich seeds.
Traditions:Quinoa has been traditionally cultivated for 5,000 years and was the staple food of the Incas. They called it chisiya mama, meaning mother grain in Quechua, and saw it as a symbol of soil fertility.
Properties:Quinoa extracts are used for their preventative action on fat storage: they prevent the formation of new fat by inhibiting the functionality of adipocytes.