Quinoa, in the Raw

Quinoa growing on Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca

For those of you curious to know what quinoa, this decade’s “superfood” and “miracle grain” looks like prior to its harvest, today’s Pic du Jour, the 133rd (!) straight, is for you. Beautiful, no? Check the links below for more on the impact of the staple’s popularity –it’s not all good, particularly for those who grow it and can no longer afford to buy it.

This was taken on Isla del Sol, the island in the southern reaches of South America’s Lake Titicaca where the Inca believed the sun was created. A few previous posts on Isla del Sol are here; much more forthcoming.

24-Apr-2013

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  1. lisa b says

    quinoa is so gorgeous in the field! makes me want to dash for the sierra!

    z

    1. Bob R says

      It is beautiful. I first saw it near the Salar de Uyuni where the colors were almost blinding!

  2. Erin says

    I always wondered what it looked like in its natural state. Beautiful AND delicious ;P

    1. Bob R says

      It is beautiful. I’m not the biggest fan though of the finished product. It’s ok, but nothing to really go out of your way for.

  3. christine says

    nice to see the source of all the hype!

  4. Simone says

    Great picture! I love quinoa and had never seen it in the raw. Thanks for sharing.

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