Amaranth Greens – Mchicha

Amaranth greens - Mchicha

Amaranth greens - Mchicha

You will find amaranth recipes in A Taste of Tanzania cookbook coming soon.

Amaranth greens (Mchicha) are one of the most consumed vegetables in Tanzania. Amaranth greens are easy to grow, and also very nutritious. It is sad that this healthy vegetable is just starting to be known in America and Europe.

Based on nutritiondata.self.com, one cup of cooked amaranth has:
73% (3656 IU) vitamin A
90% (54.3 mg) Vitamin C
28% (276 mg) Calcium
17% (3.0 mg) Iron.
It is given five stars for weight loss

The sad thing is that many countries treat amaranth as weed; I have seen that in my early years in USA. But nowadays, USDA is working hard to learn more about vegetables used by other countries and its nutrition. Amaranth is now getting a good publicity over the Internet. I will not be shocked if soon we will see amaranth in our local stores. For now you can get fresh or canned amaranth from international grocery stores or over the internet. I am lucky that I do get fresh amaranth at our local international store here in Phoenix, Arizona.

I have also come to learn that not only Tanzania love amaranth, but many Asian countries too use amaranth in their recipes, soups and salad. In Tanzania we only cook amaranth, but I have come to learn that it is a good addition to your salad.

Though in Tanzania not many people are aware of using amaranth seeds in their recipes, Asian countries use amaranth seeds in their recipes. Here in USA you can find amaranth flour or popped seeds in health food stores. The seeds are as healthy as its greens. Use amaranth as hot cereal. Please try, it is good for you.

Just a reminder, amaranth seeds are not grains, they are popped seeds.

To learn more about this healthy vegetable visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2304/2

http://www.tropicalpermaculture.com/amaranth-plant.html

  8 comments for “Amaranth Greens – Mchicha

  1. May 2, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Reading the blurb for this recipe, I know now that I was not crazy when I thought I spotted mchicha during my forest walks. See link for that adventure http://www.gloria-gonsalves.com/2012/09/what-is-that-doing-there.html

    I didn’t know it has such a fancy name, and not simply African spinach :)

    • May 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Mchicha is every where in the world Gloria, but some country they use to feed cows and some they call it weed? :(

  2. Key
    January 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Hi Miriam, can collard greens or kale be substituted for amaranth greens in this recipe?

    • January 14, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Dear Kay, Only spinach is the best substitute. Spinach and amaranth greens are almost the same in texture and taste.
      Mingi love

  3. July 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    hellow,i would like to know the price of that book plz….and where to get it?DON’T FORGET TO POST THE PRICE PLZ PLZ PLZ!!!!!!!!

    • July 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      THe book will be at the publisher’s website very soon, they will have the price set. i do not set the price for the book. but I know that the e-book will be old for $5.99 because i am the one who set that price.

  4. Al-Amin Yusuph
    July 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Didnt know of some of the facts in this piece. Add social media links to your site for easier sharing

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