Are there any grains or grainlike produce (not kitnios) that cannot become chometz?

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    I had always thought that the ideal matzo would be made from a grain that does not become chometz. But the truth is otherwise. Matzo can only be made from the five species of grain that can become chometz. There has to be a challenge! Mar 27, 2017 at 20:17
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    Not about matza making just about foods permitted on pesach. For the person who downvoted can you explain why you think this question is invalid?
    – Laser123
    Mar 27, 2017 at 20:27
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    Chamezt applies ONLY to the 5 grains - wheat barley, rye oats and spelt. Any other grain does not become chametz. You can pick any you like - rice, buckwheat, corn, quinoa, etc.
    – DanF
    Mar 27, 2017 at 21:38
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    @Laser123 Downvotes don't mean the question is invalid. They mean it's poor. Try editing in what you mean by grain or grainlike, for instance, or why you suspect such a food exists. It seems likely anything grainlike is kitbiyot by definition
    – Double AA
    Mar 28, 2017 at 0:16
  • my comment was deleted for what reason? Quinoa is grain like and not kitnios and beans are kitnios but not grain like. The definition of kitnios is not grain like.
    – Laser123
    Mar 29, 2017 at 3:13

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Echoing NoachMiFrankfurt's answer of Quinoa, the grain-like food isn't kitnios and doesn't become chametz. In an article by the Star-K titled "Quinoa: The Grain That's Not" Rabbi Rosen writes,

Quinoa was determined to be Kosher L’Pesach. It is not related to the chameishes minei dagan-five types of grain products, nor to millet or rice. Quinoa is a member of the “goose foot” family, which includes sugar beets and beet root. The Star-K tested quinoa to see if it would rise. The result was as Chazal termed, sirchon; the quinoa decayed – it did not rise.

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