AMA­RANTH

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This gluten-free grain is packed with an­tiox­i­dants, pro­tein and min­er­als, in­clud­ing cal­cium, mag­ne­sium, po­tas­sium, cop­per, zinc and phos­pho­rus. All these help to build strong bones and mus­cles, aid hy­dra­tion, boost en­ergy and are vi­tal in all pro­cesses of the body.

Ama­ranth‘s many es­sen­tial vi­ta­mins in­clude A, C, B5, B6, E, K, folic acid, niacin and ri­boflavin. These all help to raise en­ergy lev­els and con­trol hor­mones, among other things.

Ama­ranth is easy to grow from seed. Sow di­rectly when the soil is warm in spring, or sow in trays for trans­plant­ing. The vi­brant red, yel­low or bronze coloured flow­ers ap­pear in sum­mer and the seeds are ready to har­vest by late sum­mer or au­tumn when the first seeds be­gin to fall.

Once the flower is dried, the seeds shake out with no husk or cas­ing to re­move. They can be used as is, in cook­ing, as a break­fast ce­real or added to soups, ground into flour, or popped, with­out oil, in a sim­i­lar fash­ion to pop­corn.

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