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Quinoa Newly Emerging Crop In Pakistan

(Muhammad Jehanzaib Ali, Faisalabad)

Quinoa is new emerging crop nutritionally rich than any other cereal. It is the staple food of Inka impire of many countries in many areas of South America and especially in Andes. It is the food of the people of high region of Andes because wheat and corn cannot grow at high altitude .it is cooked like rice and has very miled flavor. And give nutty flavor on frying. Its taste is similar to cooked barley. It can be eaten like a hot breakfast cereal you can put in soaps, salads and desserts. From its flour we can make biscuits, doughnuts and pasta. Leaves can cook as spinach and used as salad having high content of vitamin A.

Quinoa is very important crop because of high content of protein and unique amino acid composition. The most interesting thing is the high lysine value. Lysine an essential amino acid that is deficient in many grain crops is found in quinoa.

Quinoa is member of the family chenopodiaceae, the other member of this family are sugar beats, spinach, Swiss chard. Quinoa is an herb containing small seeds called achenes. Seeds are small, similar in size to millet. Seeds color varies from white, yellow, red, purpleto black depending upon the region. In food industry yellow and white grains are used. Quinoa seeds are bitter, medium, and sweet on the bases of environment.

Quinoa is also called as pseudo-cereal because the amino acid pattern is very similar to the combination of soybean and wheat so it can be suitable alternative.

This crop can tolerate the harsh conditions, where the other crops cannot grow. It can grow at poor soil, tolerate salinity, tolerate frost and tolerate high temperature high altitude extreme weather and drought.

Quinoa has potential to overcome the word’s foods shortage because it has excellent balance between protein and fat. Protein contents are 50 % more than any other grain. Extra large germ portion gives quinoa its protein power. It has full range of amino acid which can easily absorb by body which any other grains do not have also rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. It is gluten free, easy to digest and good source of Magnesium, calcium, phosphorus copper and iron, rich in vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C and vitamin E .The FAO observed that quinoa is closer to ideal protein balance than any other crop.

Used for altitude sickness because of calcium. Provide strength to the pregnant women. Quinoa is good source of magnesium which relaxes blood vessels so provide cardio vascular health. Protect against Brest cancer and also act as anti oxidant.

Outer layer of seed contain a bitter compound called saponins, considered to be toxic, plant may be utilized it as prevention from predator. Saponins can be removed by rinsing the quinoa in cold alkaline water and mechanically rubbing the outer layer of seed. Through selective breeding sweet and more palatable varieties can be made.

The main exporters of the quinoa in the word are Bolivia and Peru Chilly. In Pakistan it is experimentally cultivated in Faisalabad, Chakwal and Bahawalpur.

We must add quinoa in our diet because it is easy to grow, highly nutritive, medicinally important, economical and versatile food. Problem of malnutrition can may be overcome by using this.

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where we can buy quiona in peshawar
By: abia, Topi on Jul, 16 2014
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dear all Assalamoalaikum.
in faisalabad locally we are growing quinoa at j.k agriculture farms, if some body needs quinoa contact to us we can send you by daewoo cargo any how in karachi quinoa is available at aaghaz super store. ATTAULLAH KHAN 03336019008,,,,,,ASIF RIAZ TAJ 03336032767
By: asif Riaz, Faisalabad on Jul, 01 2014
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dear all Assalamoalaikum.
in faisalabad locally we are growing quinoa at j.k agriculture farms, if some body needs quinoa contact to us we can send you by daewoo cargo any how in karachi quinoa is available at aaghaz super store. ATTAULLAH KHAN 03336019008,,,,,,ASIF RIAZ TAJ 03336032767
By: Attaullah khan, faisalabad on Apr, 04 2014
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I bought in dubai from carrefour a packet but even fordubai standards its expensive. Its touted as such o good grain especially if you are trying to lose weight, that I didnt mind paying for it.
By: mrs nasar, lahore on Sep, 21 2013
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Where can we get quinoa oil in karachi or any where in pakistan I am desperately looking for it
By: sumera, karachi on Sep, 16 2013
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when you tell someone that you are desperately looking for something ! there are chances the person who approach you will offer it at the HIGHER price bcz he/she know you will pay whatever it costs .. and secondly there is a chance of fraud ... it may not be what they are selling ! so ... always look for ALTERNATE .. use internet, google your needs .. its just a click !
By: adeel mumtaz, sargodha on Aug, 31 2014
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ye halal toh hai na?
By: ahu, lahore on Jul, 27 2013
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sadkay tere sawaal te !! haraam halaal jaandaar cheezon pe hota hai !! its a seed , grain like rice .... is rice halal or haraam ?
By: adeel mumtaz, sargodha on Aug, 31 2014
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is there a local source for quinoa available now? the option from necos is not viable to adopt it as a staple or regular food item.
By: Syed shahzad, karachi on Mar, 04 2013
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this is available in NECOS but the cost is 950 for 400 grm which is very expensive .. please guide us as from where we can buy this
By: Mrs. Raza, Karachi on Nov, 30 2012
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How much 1 kg cost?
By: Abby, Karachi on Nov, 13 2012
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Relevant answers: What is Quinoa called in urdu? Quinoa ko English mein Amaranth aur Urdu meain Sada Bahar Phool ya Gul e Javed kehtey hain.

you can get Quinoa at Necos Naturals Store & Cafe at Karachi. Address: Building # 8-C lane -1 Bukhari Commercial Phase - 6, D.H.A Karachi. Ph: 021-35844517 or Dolmen Mall at Necose Store Ph: 021-35293958
By: Sajid Khan, Karachi - Pakistan on Oct, 26 2012
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its pronounced Qin-wah
By: Sheraz, Karachi on Feb, 24 2013
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amaranth is not the name for quinoa. it is relative of local wild weed called cholai (amaranth). there is no local name of quinoa yet decided.
By: Dr. Hassan Munir Bajwa, Faisalabad on Jan, 15 2013
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Where can i get quinoa in karachi?
By: shams, karachi on Oct, 06 2012
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plz help me i m suffering wid rhematoid arthritis,i ve allergy from wheat,quinoa is
another option plz can i get it from fsbd or gujranwala
haroona,gujranwala
By: haroona, gujranwala on Sep, 04 2012
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what is Quinoa name in Urdu and where can we buy it in Karachi.
Thank u
By: Amina Khan, Karachi on Jul, 31 2012
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dear David Calloway,
yap you are right, the subsistent agriculture in Bolivia and Peru is becoming a profitable livelihood.
the people are replacing their radios and tv with LCD supported plasma screens. cash in the pockets is being exhibited in the step ahead living standards of the local folk. that is a happy new. but there is a problem. the people in the region are not quinoa anymore as they are trying to export each and every grain. this is resulting in Malnutrition in some regions which might create an imbalance in nutrition of the local community.
By: Dr. Hassan Munir, Faisalabad on Feb, 18 2012
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I have tried Quinoa ( pronounced _ Kin-Wah ) It is becoming very popular In USA ... can be cooked just as we cook rice... wondering if there is any restriction importing in Pakistan? for commercial distribution from USA..? any ones' input is greatly appreciated....
By: Mohammad haroon, Los Angeles , Californian . USA on Jan, 29 2012
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plz from where can we buy quinoa? in lahore????
By: mahwish, lahore on Jan, 14 2012
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Quinoa Newly Emerging Crop In Pakistan
(Muhammad Jehanzaib Ali, Faisalabad)
Respected Mr. Jehanzaib Sb,

very informative and weel explained detail provided by you, sir. Hope the research being done on this will pay us in good result for the humain kind and our nation.

I am realy chasing for this Quinoa, can I have any small sample as if cultivated in Faisalabad.
By: junaid ahmed, karachi on Jan, 12 2012
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can i know where it is cultivated in faisalabad?
By: sabah, faisalabad on Aug, 26 2013
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Dear All,
My Name is Dr. Hassan Munir. i am lecturer in the department of Crop Physiology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. Quinoa is first ever sown by me in Pakistan. i completed my Ph.D. studies on quinoa during December 2011 by targeting its acclimatization and optimum adaptability under local conditions. i have developed the basic production technology of this crop under local conditions and now i am doing work on its variety development. Quinoa is available in our fields of University of Agriculture Faisalabad. we are still in the final phase of its testing for local cultivation but some issues are still in need to be addressed. therefore, its local name and seed is not available. i hope this will be soon an available commodity for every one in pakistan to grow and eat for the best balance nutrition of the folk. if some one has questions then do contact me
By: Dr. Hassan Munir, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan on Jan, 11 2012
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Sir, it's an absolutely great initiative, I must say.Good job!
It's been almost more than two years~is quinoa available now in shops?..if yes then where can I get it and for approximately how much?
Please reply.

Regards
Alina
By: Alina, Lahore on Sep, 08 2013
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I checked quinoa in Hyperstar. Unfortunately, not available :(
By: Sohaib, Lahore on Oct, 24 2011
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Dear Sohaib that's the issue first we ned to know what Quinoa been called in Urdu in Pakistan
though Dr. Habib Khan, ISLAMABAD has given the urdu name i.e.,Naming it in Urdu: can we call it KINAWA, or Kinawa-Pak?
But i cannot locate this in Karachi and this thing has stuck in my mind, so Dr. Habib Khan Sb give us more clus about this please.
By: junaid ahmed, karachi on Oct, 24 2011
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