First collected as a wild food, and then domesticated at least as early as 4000 BC in Mesoamerica. Pre-Hispanic cultures used Amaranth seeds in ritual foods and drinks to symbolize their faith.
- Gluten Free.
- Excellent source of vegetable protein.
- Good source of dietary fiber and dietary minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, carotenoids, and especially manganese.
- Good for the immune system; healthy for heart, colon and bones; contributes to lower cholesterol.
- Easy to cook, likewise pasta or rice in boiling water.
- Good to use in recipes with other grains or added to any juice or soup.
- Raw amaranth seeds can be added to salads.