Quinoa, Linares (Organic)
Chenopodium quinoa. 100-110 days.
One of the best candidates for western Oregon quinoa production. There has been a lot of hype about quinoa production lately with few successes on a commercial scale. Not yet anyway! Getting the right seed is the first step. Plants are 4-5′ tall. Seed head color is slightly variable, from orange to gold when mature. Originating in Chile where the day length is similar to our own. Linares is highly regarded by Kevin Murphy, grain breeder at WSU Pullman, Washington, as being one of the highest yielding in their trials. Some quinoa varieties need to be grown at higher elevation; Linares produces well even at sea level.
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.