A close relative to quinoa, kaniwa (kañiwa or cañihua) is a super nutritious seed that together with kiwicha are known as native Andean crops. Kaniwa grows in the highlands of Peru in areas of the central Andes where it is difficult even for quinoa to grow.
Compared to its very popular relative, quinoa, kaniwa is smaller in size and it is not heavily protected by saponin as quinoa does. It scores higher than quinoa in levels of protein, iron, magnesium and calcium. Its flavor is similar to the one of quinoa, and it has several varieties, although the most known is the one with a dark brown tone.
Kaniwa is making its way internationally, prized for its nutritional value, versatility and similarity to quinoa.