Quinoa in Color

Known by the Incas as the Mother Grain, a sacred gift from the Gods

Cultivated by the Incas before 3000 B.C., today quinoa cultivation occurs in more than 50 countries. It can tolerate water with elevated levels of salt, high winds, frosts, and droughts, which allows it to be cultivated in high-risk climate regions.

Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) was domesticated five thousand to seven thousand years ago by farmers living along the shores of Lake Titicaca. It is one of the few crops that can survive in the Andean Altiplano’s harsh clime, where – thanks to its diversity – it thrives at altitudes between 2,500 and 3,900 MASL. There are between two hundred and one thousand varieties of quinoa, depending on whom you ask and how they’re counting (Bazile and Baudron 2015). And this diversity can still be found around Lake Titicaca.

This campaign is made possible by the generous support of Corteva Agriscience.