The Quinoa Museum

Welcome to the museum of quinoa.

The Quinoa Museum is a digital storehouse of knowledge related to the production and consumption of this food in the Andean altiplano, where quinoa originates. Today, quinoa is grown in more than 120 countries and has a global reputation as a “superfood.” In quinoa-growing communities in the Peruvian Andes, people’s relationship to quinoa has undergone significant changes due to globalization and climate change. However, quinoa continues to have an important place in traditional agriculture, in people’s diets, and as part of indigenous identity and ways of life.

The Quinoa Museum is organised around four key themes:

seed varieties

tools and techniques used in the sowing, harvesting, threshing, and storage of quinoa

traditional and innovative recipes

cultural practices and uses of quinoa

The objective of the Quinoa Museum is to introduce the public to quinoa’s productive process from seed to table while recognizing its importance for the Andean household economy and food security.

 The Museum recognizes the value of the labour of small-scale farmers and celebrates the knowledge and practices of people who continue to grow and eat quinoa in the Peruvian altiplano.

The digital Quinoa Museum is Hilda Beatriz Manzano Chura’s vision for a future “jiwrasan utapa” (aymara for “Quinoa House”), part of an experiential tourism project to be located in her home region of Puno, Peru.