First things first … I have no idea how to grow quinoa. So let’s get that little bit of information out of the way. The title was just to drag you in here believing that I had some sort of secret information on properly growing Quinoa. I do not.
Hopefully the exciting surprise that you can actually grow your own Quinoa is information enough.
To reiterate, I have no information on the proper way to grow quinoa.
But I don’t really know how to properly run, prune a rose bush or laugh really hard without my face going ugly but I manage to do all of those things. So growing quinoa without knowing how to properly do so should be pretty much the same.
Every year I plant something weird or odd or different in my garden just to see what it’s like to grow. Last year it was the mouse melon.
A tiny little cucumber type thing that looks like a minuscule watermelon. This teeny vine started off slow and I wasn’t even sure it was going to make it, but by the end of the summer it was covered with these great little bite sized bursts of flavour.
I’m hoping quinoa will be just as easy.
Last year I ordered some Cherry Vanilla Quinoa seeds off of the Internet and I’ll be planting it this weekend. I’m a little late getting it into the ground, but this has been one disaster of a year in terms of gardening. Everything is weeks behind including my gardening ambition. It’s hard to get worked up about spending the day out in the dirt when you have to do it in an unflattering parka with tissues rammed up your dripping nostrils.
Why grow your own quinoa? I don’t know. I don’t have all the answers. All I know is I want to grow quinoa and I’m going to.
There’s more to it than just the end result, which is a batch of your own homegrown quinoa.
As it turns out, quinoa plants have edible leaves as well. Great for salads apparently. Which works out well in terms of timeline, because my guess is by the time your lettuce is bolting, your quinoa leaves will be ready for picking.
Image from Adventures in Cooking
And finally, the actual quinoa plant is pretty. And when your garden is in your front yard, you appreciate plants that are pretty.
Cherry Vanilla is just the name of the strain of Quinoa, it isn’t cherry/vanilla flavoured quinoa. It’s named Cherry vanilla because it produces pink and ivory coloured flowers.
Image from Hawthorne Farms
Once the quinoa has gone to seed, you harvest them; which I’m not entirely sure about yet, but I have the whole summer to figure that out. I’m assuming it will involve drying the seed heads then just knocking them out.
I will keep you updated on my quinoa adventure this summer and let you know how it goes. That includes divulging any secret information I may gather along the way.
On a personal note, I promise not to fool you again with a misleading title to one of my posts, inferring I have knowledge that I really don’t. I pinkie swear promise.
Join me tomorrow for more information on things I don’t know.
UCH. See? You’re never going to come back for that. Please forgive me but, JOIN ME TOMORROW FOR MY POST ON HOW TO MAKE A ZERO CALORIE MACARONI & CHEESE!*
*please note the macaroni & cheese recipe is just a glass of water, which I have renamed macaroni & cheese.
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