What is it?
Amaranth is similar to quinoa and has been cultivated as a grain for 8,000 years. Amaranth is classified as a pseudocereal; it is grown for its edible starchy seeds like cereals, but it is not from the same family as cereals such as wheat and rice. It was a staple food of the Aztecs.
Amaranth contains slightly more protein than quinoa, but they both provide double the amount you’ll get from brown rice, oats and whole wheat. Amaranth has 9 grams of protein in a 1-cup serving, while quinoa has 8 grams.
The protein in amaranth is more digestible than other seeds and grains and has been compared to the digestibility of milk protein. 7. Lysine – Vegetables and grains are often lacking in this essential amino acid. Amaranth has a good amount of lysine which helps the body absorb calcium, build muscle, and produce energy.
How do I cook it?
Use a ratio of 1 1/2 cups liquid to 1/2 cup amaranth. (Yield: 1 1/2 cups cooked.) Place amaranth and water or apple juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.