Amaranth: The Little Old Seed That Could

by Lisa Bishop

A 7,000-year-old pseudo grain called amaranth is making an exciting comeback! The amaranth is a diminutive little seed, but it packs a wallop of great taste and good nutrition. Naturally gluten free and supernaturally loaded with fiber and essential elements, amaranth’s excellent supply of energy, iron, calcium, and muscle-building protein make the seed an ideal addition to a gluten- and grain-free diet.

Apple Amaranth + WalnutsAmaranth has a rich, nutty flavor that works well in sweetened or sharply seasoned dishes. An accessible and practical food source, it can be stewed into a sticky breakfast porridge. It can be simmered briefly in stock to make a comforting starchy side dish. It can thicken sauces, soups and stews, enhancing meals with nutrients and texture. And when it’s popped, amaranth makes a delicious, surprisingly healthy treat.

The seed that was once lost to the Western world now has the potential to feed and secure good health for millions of people around the world. This is amaranth, the ancient grain for a healthy future.

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