Friday, July 31, 2009

Picture of the Day


Amaranth, a relatively unused grain here in the states. This particular plant is growing as a weed in the garden at the farm. It is such a beautiful weed, growing as tall as the sunflowers behind it. The flowers that contain the edible seeds are a brilliant, deep purple. Amaranth was a staple food of the Aztecs and is currently grown mostly in Mexico. It is high in protein and well balanced in amino acids.

You can find the grain at health food stores and makes a great warm breakfast cereal when cooked like cream of wheat. It can be ground into a flour is also a common ingredient in cereals along with other grains. Here is a link to recipes for pancakes and grits made with Amaranth.

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