Plants and trees are doing multitasking round the clock and their life is easily predictable. Hundreds of animals and birds lives on the trees and feed their stomachs by eating fruits. It is always interesting to watch the colors of various flowers sprouting on the plants. This topic will deal with Amaranth. The botanical name for this plant is Amaranthus cruentus. These plants were cultivated for 8000 years. These grains are somewhat identical to rice or maize. The grains were a staple food for the citizens of Aztecs and were lavishly used in religious ceremonies. The cultivation was banned by their enemy country conquistadores. The research on these grains was started by the US in the year 1970. These grains were cultivated as food crop in Mexico and were used a candy by Spanish people.
- Amaranth oil is very famous and the oil is extracted from its grains.
- This oil has many commercial values.
- Raw amaranth is unfit for human consumption.
- So these grains have to be properly cooked and like other grains.
- Cooked amaranth grain is much better than wheat bread.
- These grains have lysine which is a powerful amino acid.
- These grains are totally free of gluten.
- These grains are rich in various supplements such as riboflavin, zinc, potassium, folate, thiamin and niacin.
- It is imperative to note that one plant produce up to 600, 000 seeds.
- Amaranth is rich in protein and calcium. These plants are also cultivated in Thailand, Nigeria, Russia, Mexico, Nepal and African continent.
- Many consume these grains as porridge in the morning time.
- These beans are rich in fiber.
- The leaves of these plants are also edible.