Thursday, August 25, 2016

AMARANTH - Not Your Usual Southern Garden Crop

Our Vegetable Garden Curators chose to plant something a little different this year: Amaranthus.  This plant is grown for the edible leaves and the pseudo-grains.  As you can see, it's growth has met their expectations. 
The Amaranth Institure states the nutritional value as follows:
"Amaranth proves to be one of the best suited crops to address certain health problems globally. Seeds are 13 to 15 percent protein, among the highest for any grain. Amaranth seeds are also high in fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamins A and C.
In addition, combining amaranth seeds with corn, a major component of the local diet, forms a complete protein. Leaves are edible, containing more calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C than spinach, in addition to the high levels of folate and other nutrients present in the seeds."

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