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Quinoa is a flowering plant in the amaranth family. It is a herbaceous annual plant grown as a crop primarily for its edible seeds; the seeds are rich in protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins and dietary minerals in amounts greater than in may grains. Quinoa is not a grass, but rather a pseudocereal botanically related to spinach and amaranth and originated in the Andean Region of northwestern South America. It was first used to feed livestock 5,200-7,000 years ago, and for human consumption 3,000-4,000 years ago in the Lake Titicaca basin of Peru and Bolivia.