Amaranth

 

Amaranth has a history longer than Quinoa and can be thought of as quinoas smaller cousin.  Originally grown by preColumbian cultures in MesoAmerica, the cultivation of Amaranth was banned by conquistadors for thousands of   years.  It is now making a  comeback as its value as a healthy food option is  becoming well recognized.  Like Quinoa, Amaranth is also a seed, and is very nutrient dense.  For 1 cup of Amaranth there are 28 grams of protein.  Amaranth contains 77% unsaturated fatty acids, which  makes  Amaranth an  easier to  digest alternative to red meat. Amaranth is so dense per cup, it has been recommended to mix with other grains to eat, which is exactly what we have done.

 

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