On the Quinoa Trail

Great quality requires traditional values.

Our premium quality TruRoots Organic Quinoa is grown at an elevation of approximately 12,000 ft in the salt flats of Uyuni, in the south-west part of Bolivia. We recently visited our farmers to catch up on the developments during the recent Quinoa harvest.

Our journey started from La Paz. We spent our first day sleeping and getting acclimated to the high altitude. A long, 5 hour drive from La Paz to Challapatta, followed by another 11 hours on dusty, unpaved roads towards the Salt Flats of Uyuni, through small villages and quinoa farms took us to Tahua. On our way through Challapatta, Salinas and Oruro, we got to see many small Quinoa farms, plenty of llamas, and even the elusive camel-like a�?Vicunasa�?. We stayed at a Salt Hotel, built completely from salt harvested from the salt flats. Even the beds were made out of salt!

Farming practices for Quinoa are still simple, with very little in the way of mechanization. The entire activity of farming, from seeding to harvesting is performed traditionallya��through manual labor by each member of the family. The dry, arid region where Royal Quinoa is grown affords little for the Quinoa farmer in the way of income, so the villages are sparsely populated, with the indigenous people moving during non-Quinoa harvest season to the bigger cities in search of employment to sustain themselves.

The farming families we met and stayed with were wonderful peoplea��full of the gentle wisdom and ancient tradition of the Bolivian Andes. They were pleased to know that people in the United States were enjoying this a�?mother graina�� harvested from their timeless lands.

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