5 Ways to Eat Amaranth!
One of the most overlooked ingredients worldwide is Amaranth. This pseudo cereal (it’s actually a seed but has characteristics of cereals with a nutty flavor) was the main source of energy for the Aztec civilization 5,000 years ago, and its still around in South America, primarily Mexico and Ecuador. So why should we care about Amaranth in the US? Well, because it might be one of those ingredients that could change the nutritional landscape of the country.
So what exactly is Amaranth? It’s a small seed that looks similar to quinoa and is extremely nutritious as well as dynamic in the way people can consume it. Before diving into the actual nutritional benefits of Amaranth, let’s talk about how you can actually eat this thing. In order to eat these seeds you can either boil them (using a similar approach to that of cooking quinoa and rice) or pop them with heat, making it extremely easy to prepare. In Mexico, the most traditional way to eat them is by popping the seed or ‘reventar la semilla’.
5 DIFFERENT WAYS TO EAT AMARANTH:
1. As a grain for any type of salad
2. Mixed with fruit
3. In smoothies or drinks
4. Non-dairy amaranth milk
This tiny seed besides being gluten-free, is high in protein (14% protein) with all essentials amino acids, high in fiber, contains antioxidants as well as more calcium than milk.
Not only is this ingredient important from a nutrition and taste perspective, but also from a sustainable one. Amaranth yield per acre is much higher than that of other common crops and is more resistant to climate change than other seeds and grains. The main reason why we haven’t seen more of this in the US markets is due to the lack of knowledge of the mainstream consumer about this ingredient. The first step to really change the landscape of the US crop and farming culture is to increase the demand for ingredients like this from a consumer side.