Amaranth: a superfood for the backyard gardener

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Cultivated as a grain for 8,000 years, today, Amaranth is gaining popularity as a crop of the future. It’s a very adaptable, drought-tolerant and hardy plant; in fact, most species of Amaranthus are classified as a weed (commonly known as pigweed).



It’s also a kind of superfood; it’s high in protein (12-17%), calcium (more than spinach) and amino acids like lysine (deficient in most grains). The leaves are high in vitamins A and C, riboflavin, and folic acid.

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