Amaranth ( Chinese Spinach ) Seeds
Amaranth grows vigorously in most climates and needs a
minimum of water. Both the leaves, which taste like spinach,
and the seeds contain a high concentration of lysine, an
essential amino acid lacking in all of the world’s main
cereal crops. One study conducted in Denmark concluded that the
addition of amaranth to other cereal flours improved protein
quality without affecting energy utilization. A study published
in the Journal of Food Science concluded that amaranth is also
highly suitable for utilization in infant formulas. The seeds
can be used for breads, pastries, or can be popped like corn.
In addition to its high fiber, calcium and iron, amaranth also
has two times more calcium than milk. When used in combination
with wheat, corn or brown rice Amaranth offers a complete
protein as high in food value as fish, red meat or poultry.
Cooked amaranth has a total digestibility of about 90%.
Amaranth’s unique nutty flavor makes it a welcome
addition to many types of food products.
Sow outdoors 1-2 weeks before the last frost date. Or
sow indoors 4 weeks early. Barely cover the seeds. Thin to
12-18" apart. Full sun. Easy to grow.
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Healthy Grain for Vegetarian Recipes
vegetarian recipes using amaranth.
Amaranth Crepes In Lemon Sauce
- A small selection of low fat vegetarian amaranth
- Amaranth recipes collected from Usenet.
- Basic recipe for cooked amaranth from Deborah
Madison's book Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.
Mexico's Grain of the Gods: Cooking with Amaranth
with several recipes included.
- Amaranth grain recipes for main courses,
breakfast, breads, desserts, salads, soups, side dishes, and
Peanut Butter Amaranth Logs
- From Arrowhead Mills.
Amaranth Lemon Winter Casserole
- Made with carrots,
parsnips, sweet potatoes, leeks, kidney beans, garlic, pumpkin
seeds, and sunflower seeds.
Shortbread With Amaranth
- Simple recipe made with amaranth
seed, whole wheat flour, honey, rice flour, and butter.
Toasted Amaranth Rolls
- Recipe from Arrowhead Mills.
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TRM801 Lotus Purple Amaranth Amaranthus hypochondriacus
A striking 8ft tall robust heavy yielder with thick red-purple flower heads full of purple-black seeds.
The young leaves are deliciously edible as baby salad leaves or cooked as spinach. The seeds are edible very nutritious and excellent ground into a flour or cooked like oatmeal.
The plant prefers full sun and normal garden soil. Sow the seed directly in the spring garden and thin to about 1 foot apart or grow in small pots before planting out after frosts have finished.
FA112 Asia Red Amaranth Amaranthus hypochondriacus
Large pink-red leaf, very delicious, adds color to your
BM37 Autumn Pallet Amaranthus cruentus
Fall hues, bronze to light orange, wide spikes, dark green leaf, long lasting cut or for border, grows about 36" tall, flowers 6 weeks from seed.
BM38 Autumn Touch Amaranthus cruentus
Pistachio green tipped with bronze, broad 24" spikes, dark green leaf, excellent for landscape or cut, grows about 36" tall, flowers 6 weeks from seed.
2061 Golden Giant Amaranth Amaranthus hypochondriacus
6-7 ft. Tender Annual/Reseeding. A striking plant with gold
leaves and stems. Produces several ounces of white seeds per
plant. Salad quality leaves are best eaten young, either raw or
steamed. A bright ornamental that attracts birds to the garden.
Sow directly when soil is warm and danger of frost has passed.
For earlier crop, plant in flats, transplanting when 4-8 inches
tall. Harvesting tips. For cut flowers, pick at the peak of
bloom. For use as grain, leave heads on plants until they drop
a few seeds. Dry for about a week until brittle.
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