Quinoa comes to the Northwest

From the Seattle Times

Quinoa-field-in-SequimSEATTLE – Quinoa has been praised as a superfood among superfoods for its superior protein composition and content, as well as its fiber and iron. Its gluten-free nature and quick-cooking qualities further contribute to its surging popularity.

WSU researcher Kevin Murphy in a quinoa field in Quilcene, Wash.

If there’s one quality quinoa even theoretically lacked, it’s that it wasn’t local. But as demand for the seeds has grown, the Northwest has become a center of research into growing our own.

The local leader is Washington State University professor Kevin Murphy. Western Washington has an ideal climate in many regards for growing quinoa, he said. It has been hard to grow in hotter areas of Washington, but typically does well in the west.

Read all of this article written by Rebekah Denn for the Seattle Times – including a recipe – at http://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/quinoa-comes-to-the-northwest/