WHY Amaranth?

WHY Amaranth?

We have exciting news! Earthtribe will be bringing you some bonafide 100% African and organic Amaranth grain, coming straight from community projects in Southern Africa, very soon! Perfect option for the ethic consumer.  Watch this space to buy online, it’s being packaged and labelled as we speak! 

We need to talk about Amaranth grain.

An ancient super-‘grain’ that has been cultivated for 8,000 years, a staple food of the Aztecs and Mayans, with its genetic base still largely intact.

Initially harvested by the Aztec and Inca tribes in Central and South America, it has been cultivated as a grain crop, but is actually a seed – like Teff ‘grain’ – packed with a veritable festival of nutrients.

Fortunately for us on the African continent, we have an abundant source. Amaranth grain even features in this article by the Mail & Guardian Africa on the hottest African superfoods you need to sit up and start paying attention to. The trends in wellness are very much leaning towards more affordable, nutrient-dense foods you don’t need to eat in inflated doses to get exactly what your body needs.

With a similar nutritional value to quinoa, it is superior to commonly used grains. Simply packed with antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals, it’s a good source of Vitamins A, C, E, K, B5, B6, folate, niacin and riboflavin, as well as calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, potassium and phosphorus.

It is also a rich source of highly bioavailable complete protein, 30% more than cereal grains like rice and sorghum.

And the benefits don’t stop there. To top it off, it is gluten free, aids in lowering cholesterol levels, has anti-inflammatory properties which can help with chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, lowers blood pressure, assists the body in absorbing calcium through its rich lysine content (an essential amino acid) and is high in fibre therefore highly digestible. It’s even been linked to helping prevent premature greying (hair).

It’s really versatile – you can make it into a porridge, use it in soups and stews, or simply as an accompaniment – like rice – to other dishes. You can even dry-pop it for a delicious snack, learn how here.

And how does it taste? It has an earthy, nutty flavour. Exactly how you would like your wholegrains, nurturing and homey.

How to cook

Use 2.5 cups water to 1 cup Amaranth

Combine in a pot and bring to a boil

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally

Use 3 cups water and cook a little longer for a porridge-like consistency

Now, go play! Try this recipe for a start, and some inspiration!

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