Quinoa At a glance
Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) is native to the Andes in South America and is closely related to purslane, spinach and beet. While quinoa is not a grain, it is prepared and eaten just like couscous or rice. Quinoa has greatly increased in popularity in recent years. This is mainly because quinoa is a meat substitute alternative for people who want to eat less or no meat.
The plant can grow to 3 metres high and blooms in plumes. Depending on the variety, the woody stem is green, red or purple. Quinoa is suitable to harvest as whole plant silage. For whole plant silage, the crop is harvested by a small grain combine which chops stem pieces of 0.6 cm. The crop is harvested when the dry matter content is at least 25%; this is achieved when the plumes are in full colour. The seeds are at half dough stage.