the mother of all grains = outlaw

leading a healthy lifestyle is kinda a big thing thing to me… the way i look at is is, you don’t have control over everything in your life, but you can control what you put in your body for nourishment, so why not make it count?!

can you beleive that elements that aid in our healthful living were actually abolished and outlawed at a point in our world’s histroy?!

the other day when i got some input on the topic of ‘quinoa and amaranth were at one point outlawed to be grown’, of course i had to look further into it

not only is quinoa the ‘mother of all grains’ but these grains are part of a crucial part of providing us with the fiber needed in our every day diets

it all started with ‘so what do you have growing in your garden this year?’
‘a little bit of this and a little bit of that, oh yeah, and we tried amaranth’
‘amaranth… ive seen that stuff around but don’t think ive tried it yet, except in a flour’
‘hey, did you know that it was once not allowed to be grown?!’

i was floored… but not too much so, looking at all of the other things in our histroy that have been outlawed and whatnot – more for another day :0)

so, what went down?!

the Spanish Conquistadors invaved South America and pretty much told the locals that the cultivation and consumption of quinoa and amaranth was banned because of its association with non-Christian ceremonies (the Incas used these not only for food but in their sacrifices and religious rituals) and they were then forced to grow only corn and potatoes

i mean, i do love me-self some corn and po-ta-ters, but seriously, if i was told i wasnt allowed to grow other stuff, i think i’d have to create a secret farm up on a hill somewhere or something. and thankfully, that is exactly what the South Americans did – well kind of… the plants pretty much grow as a weed and what did survive the abolition was ‘brought back to life’ when the ban was lifted.


we eat quinoa all of the time and i have used it in my Quinoa and Spinach soup recipe

i have yet to cook with amaranth, except using the flour form of it in baking… anyone have any good recipes to try it out?!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by DePa on 2011/09/29 at 15:06

    I’ve only had quinoa at family affairs and really like its beneficial use. I’ve been thinking to add this as a regular to our diet so I was going to follow your lead in growing it and as it turns out is a PERFECT crop for our garden

    quinoa is covered with a bitter substance called saponin, which birds and deer won’t touch.


    • Posted by Mel on 2011/09/29 at 15:09

      HAH! yes, it will def be a right fit for your garden… now if only all of the other vegetables you love were covered in that as well!



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