Amaranth- This grain is found in North America. It was, however, cultivated by the Aztecs around 8,000 years ago. Amaranth was not only a staple food for the Aztec culture, but a big part of how they worshiped as well. This grain comes from a perennial plant. The name translates from Greek to ‘unfading flower’. There are many, many species of amaranth plants all over the world.
Amaranth has many uses, including for cooking. It can be added to savoury dishes, and sweet porridge. It may be sprinkled over salads, used in soups, or baked into bread. It can also be a snack, or breakfast cereal in itself. It is often used in gluten-free recipes.
Amaranth has a sweet, nutty flavour. It may smell like chocolate.
Also known as: pigweed, قطيفة