- Quelites are a major source of iron in the Mexican diet.
The quelite is a vegetable that originated in Mexico. Today it is cultivated in hot-humid zones as well as in arid regions.
It is a vegetable from the herbaceous plant family. Its tender leaves and stalks are edible and have been consumed since pre-Hispanic times.
Quelites provide calcium, fiber, potassium, phosphorous, and vitamin C.
For their origin and tradition, quelites continue to be a part of the Mexican diet. They can be eaten raw or cooked, and can also be added to soups.
- There are more than 500 species of this plant worldwide.
- Quelites are regarded as a legacy of Mexico’s ancestral wisdom.
- In 2009 the National Network of Quelites was created in order to reassess the cultural, nutritional, and culinary value of this green in Mexico.
- Amaranth is a seed that comes from the quelite known as quintonil.
- Quelites are a fundamental part of the milpa cultivation system and the Mexican diet.