(Persia Digest) - For the first time, quinoa or vegetable caviar has been cultivated at the Agricultural Research Station in Khash, Sistan and Baluchestan Province.
Quinoa is known as a vegetable caviar rich in iron, folic acid, calcium and amino acids, which is why the World Food Organization (FAO) declared 2013 as the "International Year of Quinoa". This plant, which is cultivated mostly in the Americas, can be turned into one of the most important herbal products of Iran due to its adaptation to dry conditions, salty lands, and low water requirements.
This plant, found in white, cream, yellow, pink, red and gray, is similar to cereals and is cooked and consumed like them, but it is not considered a cereal. The vegetable caviar has a higher protein content than brown rice and is rich in manganese, copper and magnesium. The quinoa plant is famous for growing under harsh conditions, and is therefore a great option to combat desertification.
Photos: Mohammad Amin Mirbalouchzehi
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