I was working on a mural in a hostel a while back to the theme of growth and Mother Earth and so had researched and painted Andean botanical and produce upon the wall. In my research and observations I had seen the Tumbo flowers in growth, seen passion fruit growing, and orchids, and corn, and even the potatoes, but I had never seen quinoa growing up close. I had researched quinoa growth however, and looked at many high resolution pictures, and read about its properties. Lo and behold, walking around my neighbourhood in Cusco the other day what do I spot growing in front of a neighbours house? Yes... Quinoa!! Just growing there, on the side of the road, and it makes me wonder if they, the neighbours harvest it?
Tahira Nusrat Karim