Quinoa, Apellewa (Organic)
Chenopodium quinoa. 80-95 days.
The earliest maturing quinoa we have ever grown, or heard of for that matter. Even with such early ripening, Apellewa produces great yields of large, mostly white seeds. We might be biased because it is our most recent amazing quinoa find, but we really were impressed! Slightly variable, mostly cream-gold and green plants with the occasional pink to red-toned standout. Plants grow 4-6′ tall. Our planting stock came from Bountiful Gardens in Willits, California, just prior to their closing. We have received so many good varieties from them over the years were saddened to see them go. Luckily, the seed lives on.
Sow in pots indoors in April for planting out in May, or direct sow after danger of frost. Recommended spacing is 12” centers. Harvest leaves for salad or cooking greens throughout the season.
Harvest and Seed Saving
Harvest for grain or seed saving when seeds rub off easily in your hand and before autumn rains begin. Hang over a tarp to dry for one week, then dance, rub, or flail seeds from seed heads. Screen and winnow to clean, or place seeds in a bowl and make stirring motion with your arm; chaff rises to the top for easy removal. Rinse well before eating.