Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) is one of the oldest cultivated by mankind. It serves the natives of the South American Andes since 6000 years ago as an important food source. The plant is not included in the grass family, but to the goosefoot. Botanically quinoa is more akin to spinach, chard and beetroot. Used to find the seeds of the quinoa, but also the leaves can be prepared as a vegetable – what the Andean people still frequent..