December 27, 2012 --
— Quinoa has higher amounts of calcium, iron, fiber and vitamin B than rice, wheat and barley. (Photo by Daniel Robison.)
Researchers from Oregon State University are exploring the potential for quinoa to grow in the Northwest’s diverse climates.
Preliminary experiments have shown that some varieties of quinoa, harvested for its tiny grain-like seeds, can be cultivated in Oregon. To expand on those findings, OSU is a partner on a four-year, $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Growing demand for quinoa worldwide has more than doubled its price in the past decade – possibly creating an economic opportunity for Northwest farmers, according to Steve Petrie, one of the researchers on the project and the director of OSU’s Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center.
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