Quinoa Production Takes a Big Leap in Peru

Thursday April 24, 2014
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Peru is well-known all around the world for its delicious foods. Every year the country´s culinary delicacies attract tourists and also help them to stay even longer. One of Peru´s major foods is Quinoa, which has recently become popular in various nations due to its nutritional value. Especially in the United States, as it is reported that about 68 million pounds of quinoa were imported in this one nation alone. Many are using it as a supplement for gluten products as numerous people in the U.S. are now unable to eat gluten.

In 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI) expects the quinoa harvest to exceed 55,000 tons. This 10% increase from the last year is said to be due to larger cultivations of quinoa in different geographical parts. MINAGRI has done studies that have shown quinoa to grow better in coastal areas where temperatures are higher and may reach 40 degrees Celsius, such as Piura and Lambayeque. Quinoa does not need as much water as most other grains do, which make it great for these regions. As quinoa grows in popularity, new doors open for Peru and the rest of the world.

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