Bob’s Red Mill Organic Amaranth Grain is a complete protein; amaranth contains all the essential amino acids, including lysine, which is lacking in most grains. It makes a delicious hot cereal or polenta, or you can add its pleasant texture and extra nutrition to baked goods or homemade granola. An excellent source of protein and iron, amaranth is exceptionally well suited for gluten-free and vegan diets. It has an earthy, nutty flavor and can be added to bread to boost nutrition and a crunchy texture.
Amaranth can also be cooked as porridge, used to make polenta, or added to soups. While amaranth leaves are also edible, we’re obsessed with this grain—actually a seed—with a rich history dating back 8,000 years, when it was first cultivated in Mesoamerica. The ancient Aztecs relied on amaranth as a food staple and used it in religious rituals, earning the names “super grain of the Aztecs” and “golden grain of the gods.”The amaranth plant is breathtaking, with conical seed heads bearing pink or purple flowers.
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