Chemical and functional characterization of Kañiwa (Chenopodium pallidicaule) grain, extrudate and bran. Repo-Carrasco-Valencia R(1), Acevedo de La Cruz. Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoaWilld.) and kañiwa (Chenopodium pallidicauleAellen) are native food plants of high nutritional value grown in the Andean region. Descriptions and articles about the Canihua, scientifically known as Chenopodium pallidicaule in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Physical Description; Typ.

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Leaves – cooked and used like spinach[]. The raw leaves should only be eaten in small quantities, see the notes above on toxicity. Seed – cooked[57, 61, 97,].

It can be toasted and ground into a nutty tasting powder that can be used as a breakfast cereal. It can also be used to make biscuits, mixed with flour it is used to make bread and a hot beverage similar to hot chocolate can also be made from it[, ]. Very small, about 1mm in diameter, but abundantly produced[].

The seed contains little or no saponins and so can be used without pre-treatment[]. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. Succeeds on most soils, including shallow soils, but dislikes shade[, ]. Prefers a moderately fertile soil[].

Chenopodium pallidicaule – Useful Tropical Plants

Once the plant is about 5cm tall it is very drought tolerant[]. The plant has short stout stems and resists wind and heavy rain[]. It is also more resistant than barley chennopodium quinoa to low night temperatures[]. Plants do not like excess humidity[].

Chenopodium pallidicaule Cañihua PFAF Plant Database

They tolerate a pH in the range from 4. America[], though it is seldom grown now[]. There are some named varieties[61, ]. The seed is somewhat laborious to harvest and dehusk, it is enveloped in a papery husk and this is removed by soaking in water and then rubbing[]. Most varieties take about days from seed sowing to harvest, but at least one quick-maturing type chenopkdium be harvested in 95 days[].


Plants seem to chenopodiuum quite resistant to most pests and diseases[].

The flowers are closed at fertility and so seem to be almost exclusively self-pollinating[]. Although used in much the same way, this species is not very closely related to quinoa, C. Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs. Seed – sow spring in situ. Most of the seed usually pallidiicaule within a few days of sowing.

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Chenopodium pallidicaule – Aellen. However, many of the species in this genus contain saponins, though usually in quantities too small to do any harm. Although toxic, saponins are poorly absorbed by the body and most pass straight through without any problem.

They are also broken down to a large extent in the cooking process. Saponins are found in many foods, hcenopodium as some beans. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of pallodicaule in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or cheopodium the fish[K].


The plants also contain some oxalic acid, which in large quantities can lock up some of the nutrients in the food. However, even considering this, they are very nutritious vegetables in reasonable quantities. Cooking the plants will reduce their content of oxalic acid. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition[].

Habitats Pallididaule common weed of cultivated ground, especially on rich soils, it grows in areas where frosts can occur in 9 months of the year, including during the growing season[]. You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box.

It is not frost tender. It is in flower from July to October, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite has both male and female organs and is pollinated by Wind. The plant is self-fertile.

It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure. QR Code What’s this?

Chenopodium pallidicaule

Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can. Please view the copyright link for more information. The leaves and seeds of all members of this genus are more or less edible. A common weed of cultivated ground, especially on rich soils, it grows in areas where frosts can occur in 9 months of the year, including during the growing season[].

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