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Organic amaranth is a sweet, earthy, gluten-free grain. It's extremely high in protein, iron, and fiber, and a staple in gluten-free diets. Amaranth is a versatile grain that can be enjoyed as part of a satisfying hot breakfast, in delectable cookies, in savory soups, and more!
How to Cook Amaranth
Use 1/2 cup amaranth to 1 1/2 cups water, broth, or liquid. Combine amaranth and liquid in a pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes, until all of the water is absorbed.
Amaranth Cooking Ideas
There are many different methods to cook and eat organic amaranth, from cooking it like rice to popping it like popcorn!
1. A simple way to prepare amaranth is to boil it for about 15-20 minutes and add it to your morning cereal or toss it in a salad, similar to how you might eat couscous or quinoa.
2. You can also grind it into amaranth flour to use in baked goods, potentially toasting it to bring out more of its nutty flavor before your grind it.
3. A fun way to eat amaranth is to pop it and season it like popcorn.
4. Whole seed, cooked organic amaranth also goes well in soups, granolas, and breads.
Amaranth Health Benefits
1. Amaranth is a Protein Powerhouse: Amaranth is made up of 13-14% protein, and it easily contains 30% more protein than other grains. Amaranth contains the important amino acid lysine, which is not found in many grains and is vital for building muscle protein and helping the body run.
2. Amaranth Contains More Fiber Than Any Other Gluten-Free Grain: One cup of amaranth contains 18g of fiber, more than any other gluten-free grain. In comparison, buckwheat and millet contain 17g and white rice contains 2.4g.
3. Amaranth May Lower LDL “Bad” Cholesterol Levels: Amaranth is one of the few grains that contain phytosterols, nutrients that play a major part in the prevention of many kinds of disease and may lower LDL cholesterol levels. University of Guelph researchers discovered that amaranth contains all three major phytosterols, which have cholesterol-lowering properties. These findings are published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition.
4. Amaranth Reduces Inflammation: A 2008 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry identified the presence of bioactive peptides in amaranth, which are compounds that protect against inflammation associated with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
5. Amaranth is a Rich Source of Vitamins and Minerals: Amaranth is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals to keep your immune system strong and support your body's many functions. Amaranth boasts minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and vitamins A, C, K, B5, B6, folate, and riboflavin.
6. Amaranth is Easy to Digest: Cooked amaranth is 90% digestible, making it easy on the digestive tract and also enabling your body to effectively use amaranth's rich source of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
It is best to store organic amaranth in a tightly sealed container, preferably a glass jar, in a cool, dark, dry location. Do not store organic amaranth in a cabinet near a stove, oven or dishwasher. If stored properly, organic amaranth can have a shelf life of up to one year.
Amaranth in Space
In 1985, Amaranth literally took off! This grain took a ride out of the Earth's atmosphere on US Space Shuttle Atlantis' maiden voyage. Astronauts conducted tests growing amaranth on space and ate amaranth cookies during their mission.
Amaranth in History
Amaranth was the favored grain of the Aztec empire where it was also used in religious ceremonies. The Aztecs would use amaranth to build statues of their religious deities, such as their hummingbird god. At the end of the celebrations, the statue would be broken down and eaten. Hoping to discourage Aztec religious practices, the Spanish conquistadors banned the cultivation of amaranth and it grew only as a weed for hundreds of years. Amaranth was re-discovered in the 1970 and its popularity resurged because of the grain's high nutritional content.
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Kristian, Cartago, Costa Rica November 4, 2009
“Nice!! The seeds came to Costa Rica Faster than i thought, C.A.
Gracias Nuts Online ^^”
Susane, Sacramento, CA April 14, 2009
“Receiving my box of the hard to find amaranth grain was a thrill. The box was on the counter at reception and a few employees ask who was the "nut on line." I was sure happy to say, "It's me, me, me." The amaranth is delicious and so was the dried strawberry in your power trail mix. Thank you for the fine quality and fast service. Kind regards, Susane”
Kristin, East Otis, MA March 24, 2009
“I just received my second order from nutsonline.com and am very happy with the products (organic mixed nuts, pepitas, sunflower seeds, amaranth, golden flax seeds). And I especially love that you use biodegradable packing peanuts in the box! Thank you!”
Sherri March 17, 2009
“I received my organic amaranth yesterday and cooked some up this morning. It was heavenly! Very quick service and cute emails. I feel like I am part of the family! Thanks for the great product! I will definitely order again!”
shannon, atlanta, ga March 15, 2009
“I ordered amaranth because it was in my baby food cookbook as a grain to introduce at 7-8 months. It was easy to make and my son loves it. i can mix it w/ fruits or vegetables and he seems to enjoy it on its own. The service was quick, it was easy to order and very speedy delivery. Thank you, I will be ordering again.”
Tom, Williamsport, PA January 9, 2009
“Super-fast shipping. I ordered Wednesday night and was promised a Friday delivery -- it was there on Thursday! The quality of the amaranth and chia is very good. I popped the amaranth in some coconut oil and toasted the chia along with some oats and walnuts and made a really good super-healthy granola.
Sue, Chino Hills, California January 7, 2009
“I am so excited. I searched in all of my local markets for amaranth and was thrilled to find it at Nuts Online. I got my product yesterday and made it for breakfast this morning. Thank you so much.”
Yekaterina November 25, 2008
I was pleased with my order. It came quicker than expected and than any other orders I've placed elsewhere. Chia seeds, Organic Amaranth, Green Buckwheat, Organic Gummy Bears, organic Goji Berries and all kinds of organic cocoa beans and chocolate chips are great. The Amaranth was so fresh, I will order more in the future and only from you, since I had a bad experience with bulk amaranth at my local health food store.
The raw organic sunflower seeds are best when I toast it in the oven 3-5 mins.
Thank you guys for doing a great job.”
Paul, Pompano Beach June 9, 2008
“Fastest shipping on the web and only the finest products
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Serving Size 28g (~1 oz.)
(Approx. 16.2 Servings/Pound)
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Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.
Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. It is ok to refrigerate.
Country of Origin: India
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