Taiwan Quinoa / Djulis

2020-03

Taiwan Quinoa / Djulis

©Shutterstock/glen photo

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Text|Cynthia LaiConsultant|Taiwan Endemic Species Research Institute

Once considered exotic, Taiwan Quinoa is in fact a native species familiar to indigenous people in Taiwan for centuries. Known as "djulis" in Paiwan, "mukun" in Bunun, this brightly colored red and yellow quinoa grows well in dry, barren soil, making it suitable for hard times, and it is considered as nutritious as quinoa from South America.

Taiwan Quinoa / Djulis
Binomial name:Chenopodium formosanum