On Monday researchers announced the discovery of two new types of quinoa, Andina reported.
The research, carried out by the country’s National Agrarian University (Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina), discovered two new types of quinoa, which are able to adapt to conditions on Peru\‘s coast.
Luz Gómez Pando, head of the university’s cereals program, said one of the two quinoa types has a short life cycle, and could be harvested in 120 days, unlike other types that take 210 days.
Gómez Pando said this type of quinoa would be appropriate for growing after the cotton harvest.
Meanwhile, the second quinoa found is able to withstand high concentrations of salt, and could be irrigated with sea water.
“Maybe in the future it would be necessary to use sea water to irrigate crops,” she said. “What we know is that quinoa can be used as an alternative crop in the Peruvian coast.”
According to Andina, the university’s cereals program, which was created in 1968, has so far uncovered close to 3,000 different types of quinoa, from Cajamarca to Puno.