Organic Amaranth Seed

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Description

Organic Amaranth is an Ancient Grain containing 18 amino acids.

This ancient ‘pseudo-grain’ is actually a seed so it is a nutrient dense option for any diet.  Organic Amaranth seed is gaining popularity because it has a unique protein profile and its oil can be found in supplement form due to its ratio of omega fats.

This delicious but tiny seed is referred to as ancient because it was first cultivated by the Aztecs 8000 years ago.  The amaranth plant grows up to 6ft high and has bright red or gold flowers.

The protein in amaranth is easily absorbed and it contains the amino acid lysine.  Lysine is one of the amino acids which is harder to find in a plant based diet.  Amaranth is a popular addition for vegetarians and vegans as it contains 18 amino acids including the 9 essential ones.  If you eat a typical 130 gram serving you benefit from 9g of protein.

Amaranth is so tiny it can fall through a normal sieve which makes it harder to strain.  You can buy a fine mesh sieve or cook it with other grains and ‘pseudo grains’ such as brown jasmine rice, quinoa and buckwheat.

Origin: India

Allergen Information: Packed on premises that handle gluten, tree nuts, sesame, soya, peanuts.

Nutritional Information

Organic Amaranth Seeds (cooked) are high Manganese, and a source of Magnesium and Phosphorus (per 90g serving)

Typical Nutrient Values for Cooked Amaranth: Amount per 100g: Amount per serving
(90g)
% Reference intake (RI) per serving
Energy 427kj/102kcal 299kj/71kcal 3.50%
Fat 1.6g 1.12g 1.60%
of which saturates Trace
Carbohydrate 18.7g 13.09g 5.03%
of which sugars Trace
Fibre 2.1g 1.47g
Protein 3.8g 2.66g 5.32%
Salt 6.0mg 4.20mg 0.17%
Typical Vitamin/ Mineral Values: Amount per 100g: Amount per serving
(90g)
% Reference intake (RI) per serving
Iron 2.1mg 1.89mg 13.50%
Magnesium 65mg 58.50mg 15.60%
Phosphorus 148mg 133.20mg 19.02%
Manganese 0.9mg 0.81mg 40.50%

Reference Intake (RI)

The Reference Intake (RI) refers to the recommended daily amount of a specific nutrient.

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Cooking Instructions

  1. Use a ratio of 1 1/2 cups to liquid to 1/2 cup amaranth
  2. Bring to the boil
  3. Simmer for around 20 minutes until all water has been absorbed
  4. Leave to stand for 5 minutes

Storage

For optimum freshness keep in a cool place away from moisture and direct sunlight.  Store in a tightly sealed bag or container.

Family Tip:

  1. This ‘grain’is quite dense so we like to combine it with other grains to get a varied texture.  It combines well with millet and quinoa as it has similar cooking times.
  2. We use amaranth in the same way as all other grains (to accompany stews and curries).  It also goes really well in cold tabbouleh style recipes.