Amaranth is a grain native to North America and 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 their worship. 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 can be added to savory 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 flavor. It may smell like chocolate.
Also known as: pigweed, قطيفة, bush greens, callaloo, Chinese spinach, golden grain of the Gods, Indian spinach, Joseph's coat, yin-choi and love-lies-bleeding