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Home » Crop of the Week Archive » Kiwicha (Amaranthus caudatus, Amaranthaceae)

Because of its excellent nutritional quality this once forgotten chenopod grain has seen a remarkable comeback in its native Peru. The tiny grains are popped and used as breakfast cereal or used in snack bars. Some of the production is even exported. Much morphological diversity exists as in the pictured germplasm collection in Cusco, Peru. Breeding efforts have resulted in highly productive cultivars that yield up to 4 t of dry grain per ha, with commercial yields in the range of 1.8 to 2.5t/ha on fertile soils.

Amaranthus Kiwicha

Amaranthus Caudatus Kiwicha