Cañihua (Chenopodium pallidicaule)

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Chenopodium is a genus of about 150 species of flowering plants. It contains several plants of minor to moderate importance as food crops, both leaf vegetables and pseudocereals, including quinoa and cañihua. Cañihua, which originated in the Andes of southern Peru and Bolivia, was domesticated by the settlers of Tiahuanaco, who established themselves on the tableland of Collao. Cañihua is important on the high plateau of Peru and Bolivia because it produces grains for human consumption at between 3 800 and 4 300 meters, being very cold-resistant in its various phenological phases.

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GFU for Underutilized Species
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GFU for Underutilized Species