Origin of quinoa

Historically, quinoa has continuously been selected for new environments in the Andean region, as it was spread gradually from its center of origin around the Titicaca lake between Peru and Bolivia.

The distribution from the lake went both to the north to Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela, and to the south to Chile and Argentina, and down from the highland to valleys and coastal regions of the Andean countries.

The process, however, was slow due to the environmental variability and the irregular climatic conditions in the Andean region (Bertero et al. 2004).

Titicaca

Titicaca