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Can I plant quinoa that I bought at a health food store?  RSS feed

 
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I want to experiment with quinoa, and I'm crazy frugal.  Can I plant quinoa "seed" that I bought from a health food store.  It's way cheaper per pound, and I don't think you can get hybrid quinoa.

Is it toasted or processed in any way that it won't germinate?

thanks in advance.

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I don't know but, I'll sell you some Mexican guasuntle quinoa (grown for the edible flower clusters) for cheep. You'd have to wait till fall though cuz I think I planted them all.
 
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Let me know if it works. I was surprised to find that nearly all storebought dried beans i had at home germinated so I am hopefull!
 
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I bought some today and will report the outcome.


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i planted some organic quinoa from the natural foods store. it sprouted in a few days and is growin. i did start some earlier, it is frost tolerant, not hardy. and the seedlings are not snow friendly.

amaranth is a alternative summer crop, easy to grow and no saponins on the seeds like quinoa.
 
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If you seed source is pre-soaked (for processing out the saponins), the germination rate will be very poor.  When I tried this, the seeds has "sprouted" in just a day, but those were just old dry sprouts long dead..
 
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I did a germination test of a lot of my old seed, and included some quinoa that I got from the bulk bins at the grocery store -- it had a very good germination rate.  I haven't planted any outside yet, but it looks like it will grow.

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What brands are you guys buying at the health food store?
 
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i get mine from the bulk bins. its organic quinoa. i buy white, red and black. far cheaper than buying it in a box even at the same store.
 
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hubert cumberdale wrote:
i get mine from the bulk bins. its organic quinoa. i buy white, red and black. far cheaper than buying it in a box even at the same store.



Bulk bins are where I got mine, too -- I got white and red.  Definitely less expensive than buying packaged.

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I got mine from the local health food place.  $12 for a 26 oz package.  Here's the brand:

http://www.bobsredmill.com/organic-quinoa-grain.html


A little spendy for "oatmeal", pretty cheap for seed, if it germinates well.

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I bought organic white quinoa sold at Costco as breakfast cereal and it germinated very well.
 
                          
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I found it sprouts well, and grew well last year.
However seems most quinoa comes from ultra high elevations with completely different climates than most of us.
I hear you can find lower elevation adapted strains, they may produce much better.
 
                    
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what is the latest i could plant quinoa or amaranth in zone 6?
 
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