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.