The booming popularity of quinoa is driving California farmers to try to make the super grain the state's next niche crop, The Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.

Within the next two years, the amount of farmland in the state dedicated to growing quinoa could reach thousands of acres, according to the newspaper.

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The "grain-like seed," which appears in cereals and energy bars, is mainly imported from its native South America.

Today, it is grown in Colorado, Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, but even arid patches of California are adding the crop.

For more on California quinoa, read the Los Angeles Times' report.

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