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Ancient Rediscovering Food: Grain Amaranth

Author: 
Moya Cortazar, Sheila
Ottman, Michael J.
McDaniels, Amanda
Aragon Cereceres, Andrea
Hongu, Nobuko
Publication Date: 
April 2017
Publication Number: 
AZ1735-2017
Pages: 
6 p.
Abstract or Description: 
Grain amaranth was a dietary staple for Central American Indians before Columbus arrived in the New World.1 Today, in Mexico, amaranth is popped like popcorn and mixed with sugar or honey to make a popular sweet treat, called “Alegría” which is the Spanish word for joy (Figure 1). Amaranth is a nutritious grain, similar to chia seeds2 and quinoa, providing high amount of plant protein, fiber, iron, and calcium. This article can help you learn more about amaranth, and show you how to incorporate them into your balanced diet.
Language: 
English
Publisher: 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Relation: 
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Publication AZxxxx
Keyword: 
Mexico
Grain
Amaranth
Fiber
Iron
Calcium
Health
Diet
Type: 
Text
Subject Category: 
Food Safety, Nutrition and Health
Plant Production/Crops