• Ancient Rediscovering Food: Grain Amaranth

      Moya Cortazar, Sheila; Ottman, Michael; McDaniels, Amanda; Aragon Cereceres, Andrea; Hongu, Nobuko (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2017-04)
      Grain amaranth was a dietary staple for Central American Indians before Columbus arrived in the New World.1 Today, in Mexico, amaranth is popped like popcorn and mixed with sugar or honey to make a popular sweet treat, called “Alegría” which is the Spanish word for joy (Figure 1). Amaranth is a nutritious grain, similar to chia seeds2 and quinoa, providing high amount of plant protein, fiber, iron, and calcium. This article can help you learn more about amaranth, and show you how to incorporate them into your balanced diet.