Adaptive Seeds


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  • Quinoa, Chadmo (Organic)

    Quinoa, Chadmo (Organic)

    Chenopodium quinoa.

    Cream-brown seed. We grew Chadmo for the first time in 2014 and were impressed by how well it did. This variety was shared with our friend Dan Armstrong at the 2013 International Quinoa Symposium at Washington State University. Out of the 7 varieties Dan grew the following year, Chadmo stood out. Originally from the island of Chiloé off the coast of Chile, Chadmo seems more well adapted to growing at low elevations than most other varieties of quinoa which hail from high in the Andes. In trials through the University of Buenos Aires, Chadmo showed strong resistance to pre-harvest sprouting (seed dormancy in seed head), most likely an adaptation to being from a humid, temperate climate. Chiloé is also at a similar latitude (41-43ºS) to Oregon (42- 46ºN), which may contribute to its easy success here. Hooray for coastal adaptation! Check out Dan’s 2013-2014 quinoa experiment results here.

  • Dave 407 Quinoa

    Quinoa, Dave 407 (Organic)

    Chenopodium quinoa.

    This is our favorite quinoa because of its unique history and excellent performance here on the Willamette Valley floor. Golden orange seeds. 4-5′ tall plants with seed heads that turn vivid orange when ripe. High yielding when compared to other quinoa grown here in low elevations. Short season. Open seed heads resist late season damp weather. Collected in southern Chile. Named after quinoa collector and advocate David Cusack, who was murdered in Bolivia in 1984. There is anecdotal evidence that he was murdered by “business interests” that felt threatened by the solidarity amongst quinoa-growing campesinos. Others believe he was murdered due to his activism and research surrounding the CIA’s role in the overthrow of Chilean president Salvador Allende. All very mysterious.

  • Linares Quinoa

    Quinoa, Linares (Organic)

    Chenopodium quinoa.

    Linares is one of the best candidates for future western Oregon quinoa production. There has been a lot of hype about quinoa production lately and few successes. Not yet anyway! Getting the right seed may be the first step. Plants are 4-5′ tall. Seedhead color is slightly variable, from orange to gold when mature. Originating in Chile where the day length is similar to our own. This variety is highly regarded by Kevin Murphy, grain breeder at WSU Pullman, Washington, as being one of the highest yielding varieties in their trials. Some varieties of quinoa need to be grown at elevation, Linares produces well even at sea level.

  • Taiwanese Quinoa

    Quinoa, Taiwanese (Organic)

    Chenopodium formosanum.

    A native plant to Taiwan and China, it is very rare in North America. Easy to grow plants are similar to lambsquarters, with a unique pink coloration. Grain type but also eaten as a salad green or cooked similar to spinach. We mostly use the leaves as a vegetable, but the seed is high in protein just like other quinoa. Taiwanese Quinoa is a great all purpose food plant. Very heat tolerant. The real magic happens when they grow over 6′ tall, producing seed similar to Andean quinoa on beautiful long trailing flower heads. Flower heads resemble Love Lies Bleeding Amaranth and similarly make great cut flowers. Late to mature seed but the plants can be cut and brought under cover to after-ripen. We put uncleaned seed in a pillowcase, throw it in the clothes dryer, set to no heat, and let it tumble for an hour or two – a great way to remove the hulls so it’s ready to cook. Recently added to the Slow Food Ark of Taste as an endangered food plant. We were gifted a sample of this seed originally by the lovely folks at Bountiful Gardens. Formerly know as the species Chenopodium purpurascens, may be considered Chenopodium giganteum by some botanists. Aka, Djulis, Purple Goosefoot, Giant Tree Spinach.

  • Quinoa, Temuco (Organic)

    Quinoa, Temuco (Organic)

    4 out of 5
    Chenopodium quinoa.

    Orange seed heads, high yields. This variety is from Temuco in southern Chile, an area with a relatively low elevation for quinoa production (1,180′ instead of 10,000’+). Open head shape is less prone to molding in seedheads than other quinoa. We have heard that it is the most popular quinoa in England – who knew?