Benefits of Amaranth

Amaranth was a staple in the diets of pre-Columbian Aztecs who believed it had supernatural powers and incorporated it into their religious ceremonies. The grain was forbidden by the Spanish and consequently fell into obscurity for hundreds of years. If not for the fact that its cultivation continued in a few remote areas of the Andes and Mexico, Amaranth may have become extinct and completely lost to us.

Amaranth is used in carious cultures in some very interesting ways. 
    • In Mexico it is popped and mixed with a sugar solution to make a confection called alegria, which means happiness
    • Milled and roasted Amaranth sees is used to create a traditional Mexican drink called Arol
    • Peruvians use fermented Amaranth seed to make chicha or beer
    • In both Mexico and Peru the Amaranth leaves are gathered and then used a s a vegetable either boiled or fried
    • In India, Amaranth is known as Rajeera (the King's grain) and is popped and then used in confections called Laddoos, which are similar to Mexican Alegria
    • In Nepal, Amaranth seeds are eaten as a gruel called Sattoo or milled into a flour to make Chappatis
    • In Ecuador, the flowers are boiled and the colored boiling water is added to aquardeinte rum to create a drink that is said to purify the blood and reputed to help regulate the menstrual cycle