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The Pantry Quiz #49

What is it?

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Used as a grain, this pantry staple, native to South America, is really a green, in the same family as spinach and chard. What is it?


Please leave your answer in the comments, and let us know whether you have this ingredient in your pantry.

[Last week's answer: None of the ingredients are common to all three spice blends. French quatre epices (four spice): pepper, cloves, nutmeg, ginger. Chinese five spice: star anise, cloves, fennel, cinnamon, Szechuan pepper. Japanese seven-spice: orange or tangerine peel, black and white sesame seeds, cayenne, ground ginger, Szechuan pepper and nori.]

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I'm not sure what it is (excellent clue about chard and spinach, that made me say 'oh, I've heard about that, it's . . .' just apparently behind the tip of my tongue).
The other day I got a couple of jugs of buttermilk marked down, and wanted to resume soaked-oat muffin making for the kids now that school has started, but I'm out of oats!
Instead, I tried a package of par-cooked barley from Trader Joes that I found behind the empty oat bin.

It does not make a good soaked grain muffin. Stick to oats. That's my tip o' the day.

Amaranth? That's only a guess!

I'm guessing quinoa, and if it is, I do have some in my pantry.

Amaranth, and quinoa is in the same family also.

It is quinoa. We eat the seed of this green. I do have quinoa in my pantry, red and white, no black though.

It is quinoa and yes it is in my pantry. I make several soups with it and also a killer quinoa and coconut pudding!

Quinoa, yes. Amaranth seeds (at least the ones I have) are much tinier (not as small as teff, though, or chia) and a honey brown. I had quinoa for breakfast, with barley flakes, molasses and peanut butter. Mmmm.

Would love to see pamstewart22's recipe for quinoa and coconut pudding!

quinoa!!! I am agreeing with the majority above but... and yes I have some!!

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