When the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in the Americas, they forbade the Cultivation of Two of the World’s Best Sources of Vegetable Protein

The indigenous peoples of the Americas domesticated a variety of superfoods that took on important roles in their culture. Two of these are starting to gain worldwide recognition today as foods packed with protein and other essential nutrients: quinoa and amaranth. Both were banned by Spaniards who were scornful of their use in native religious ceremonies. Continue reading