qui·noa | \ ˈkēn-ˌwä , kē-ˈnō-ə \

Definition of quinoa 

: an annual herb (Chenopodium quinoa) of the goosefoot family that is native to the Andean highlands and is cultivated for its starchy seeds which are used as food and ground into flour also : its seeds

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When in doubt, bring a side to the barbecue that everyone will love: farmers’ market quinoa salad. Catherine Urban, Bon Appetit, "It’s Barbecue Season, So Your June Horoscope Comes with a BBQ Side for Every Sign," 1 June 2018 Vic Mensa chowed on a quinoa jollof inspired by his West African roots. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Welcome to the Social Media ‘Black Power Kitchen’ of Tomorrow," 29 May 2018 In line with the recent healthy-ish turns at Holiday and La Luna Cafe, there's a quinoa bowl with a smear of carrot harissa, a spoonful of raita and fresh veggies. Michael Russell, OregonLive.com, "One of Portland's best new restaurants just launched its all-day menu," 28 May 2018 This recipe for a vegan quinoa bowl — with roasted beets, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, asparagus, toasted chickpeas, and an avocado sauce — had what seemed to be a manageable number of components. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "The Tedious Art of Making the Most Instagrammable Grain Bowl," 4 May 2018 Sasson points to a coconut ceviche salad with quinoa and amaranth as an example of how that approach translates to the menu. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's new outdoor dining concept feels more like Miami Beach," 22 June 2018 Macro bowls with quinoa, kale and chickpea croutons. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "How the Bay Area’s counterculture helped sprout hippie food," 19 Jan. 2018 For others, quinoa and salmon poké bowls were on offer as well as bespoke gelato by Joyce Wang—the sesame ice cream with charcoal cookies was particularly good. Vogue, "The Stars Came Out for the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party," 20 June 2018 Order signature bowls like the Cassie ($8.85), made with Japanese eggplant, chickpeas, pickled cauliflower, currants, savory green beans, basil, currants, and creamy harissa, or DIY with your choice of base (kale, rice, arugula, quinoa). Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Whole Heart Provisions brings ‘fresh veggies and good vibes’ to Cambridge," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of quinoa

1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quinoa

Spanish, from Quechua kinua

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