An old tale says that God had pity on a community that was oppressed by the growers of quinoa.
To help them he gave this impoverished population some magical seeds from which later sprang beautiful plants and purple flowers.
Those who dominated them were opposed to the plant. They hoped to steal for themselves what it would produce. When the plants flourished they stole them.
The people were sad and God revealed to them that it was all a trick to fool the oppressors.
He told them to look underground where the plants had been and there they found the marvel of potatoes, a sacred gift.