Amaranth is a weed that is consumed as food.
It is eaten in numerous countries and is praised for its numerous nutritional qualities.
The nutrients in Amaranth are carbohydrates, starch, and protein, sugars, fat and dietary fiber.
It also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C and E.
It is also rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† and zinc.
It is advised that you cook amaranth leaves before consumption to remove the phytochemicals that reduce the nutritional content of the vegetables.
Amaranth grains are gluten free, easy to cook and rich in protein and so this super food is both nutritionally rich and delicious.
The grains of the amaranth is similar in both texture and taste to cereals and so can be consumed as a cereal for people who are gluten intolerant.
The grains of the amaranth can also be toasted and eaten as a snack.
The root of the amaranth plant is also consumed as a vegetable; it has a mild milk taste and is usually prepared with tomatoes.
The leaves and stems of the plant is used in the preparation of soups, stews, stir-fries, and salads.
Photo by Rosemary Ratcliff. Published on 03 September 2014
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