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.
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