From Ancient Grain to Superfood

What were once staple foods for ancient civilizations from Mexico to South America, these “pseudograins” are being rediscovered for their contribution to a healthy diet, eco-friendly cultivation techniques, cultural importance, and gluten-free status.

On display August, 2018 - January, 2019


Chia, amaranth, and quinoa are “superfoods,” growing in popularity—each with its unique taste, appeal, and nutritional value.

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This exhibit explores the stories behind these ancient seeds and how they are used today.

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What is a "pseudograin?"

Chia, quinoa, and amaranth are "pseudograins" because they are seeds that come from broad-leaf plants, not members of the grass family like wheat, corn, and rice that have a dry, seed-like fruit, or grain.

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