DetailsDiscover the whole grain goodness of amaranth. This tiny “grain”—actually a seed—has a rich history dating back 8,000 years, when it was first cultivated in Mesoamerica. The ancient Aztecs relied on amaranth as a food staple and used it in religious rituals, earning it the names “super grain of the Aztecs” and “golden grain of the gods.” In the 1500s, Spanish conquistadors attempted to outlaw amaranth in an effort to convert and control the Aztecs. Lucky for us, their efforts proved unsuccessful due to amaranth’s amazing ability to grow quickly and thrive in less-than-ideal soil, making it nearly impossible to extinguish.
Amaranth is a gluten-free food and a source of complete protein—it contains all the essential amino acids, including lysine, which is lacking in most grains. High in fiber and a good source of magnesium and iron, Amaranth is a spectacular addition to your diet. This little powerhouse is perfect for gluten free and vegan diets.
Amaranth has an earthy, nutty flavor and can be cooked and used in breads to give a boost of nutrition and a crunchy texture. Try popped amaranth for a unique breakfast cereal or to make the Mexican candy, Alegria. Amaranth can also be cooked as porridge, used to make polenta or added to soups.
If you like gardening, try planting a few amaranth seeds in your yard. The amaranth flower is truly breathtaking. Don’t plant too many, however, or you may see your garden become an amaranth crop.
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- Impressive little grain & easy to cook
- This is a great grain to use in a variety of dishes. I use an electric pressure cooker to make a batch without any fuss. Add 1 cup amaranth, 2 cups water, 1 tsp oil, set on high pressure for 6 minutes. This makes several bowls of warm cereal (consistancy is similiar to cream of wheat, but gluten free).
- Versatile & Delicious!
- As part of a health initiative, I began using whole grains about two years ago. The first time I had amaranth, I didn't care for it because of the texture... I found it a bit "grainy" for my taste. I learned that I could mix it with Oat Bran (I use 1 part Oat Bran to 2 parts amaranth) for a more cereal-like texture, and this works well. I season it with Vietnamese cinnamon, which has a stronger fl
- Amaranth Grains - Cereal & More
- We had the Amaranth this morning for our morning cereal, I have always known of its health benefits and used it in years past for baking and loved it, however we had never tried it for a cereal before…matter of fact it was very good, one effect was shortly afterwards when we found the need to go to the bathroom. So I would imagine that anyone with constipation would benefit from eating this cere
- My experience with amaranth grain
- Amaranth has a somewhat earthy aroma, a little like spinach. It can be used as a cooked breakfast cereal, plain or with some fruit cooked in (raisins, cut-up dates, dried cranberries etc.) It can also be used instead of other grain in a pilaf or casserole, for instance with beans, a bit of onion and garlic, some cut-up greens and some piccante sauce.||Amaranth needs slow cooking, and it cooks muc
- A unique experience
- I cooked it up using the basic cooking instructions. OK, I was expecting this to fluff up like rice. I was wrong! It clings together like steel cut oats. It also has the texture of the tiny little grains. The flavor is full and hearty, but with a porridge consistency. At first taste, I wasn't sure I liked it, as I never tasted anything like it before. After a few bites, I started enjoying the
- Nutritional Info
Serving Size: 1/4 cup (52g)
Servings Per Container: 13
Amount Per Serving % Daily
ValueCalories190Calories from Fat30
Total Fat3.5 g5 %Saturated Fat1 g5 %Trans Fat0 g0 %Cholesterolmg0 %Sodium10 mg0 %Total Carbohydrate34 g11 %Dietary Fiber7 g28 %Sugars1 gN/AProtein8 g16 %
Vitamin A%Vitamin C4 %Calcium8 %Iron20 %
* Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
organic whole grain amaranth
*Manufactured in a facility that also uses tree nuts and soy