Buds N Bugs: Amaranth the forgotten ‘grain’

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM.

Today, amaranth is grown as a food crop in  Mexico , India and the midwestern US. Once established, amaranth can continue to thrive in low-water conditions, making it especially valuable in sub-Sahara Africa where water sources are few, especially in the dry season. All amaranth now cultivated for food originated in North and South America .

People around the world value amaranth as leaf vegetables, cereals, and ornamental plants. Amaranth grain can also be used to extract amaranth oil, which has many commercial uses.

Amaranth contains more than three times the average amount of calcium in grain and is high in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. It’s also the only grain documented to contain Vitamin C. It contains more proteins than most grains.

Raw amaranth grain is inedible to humans and cannot be digested. It has to be prepared and cooked like other grains.

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