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Amaranth Superfood – Ukrainian Pigweed

Amaranth, or as it is commonly known “pigweed”, is a cereal known since ancient times. Specialists consider amaranth the food of the future, which joins the ranks of such superfoods as goji berries, linen seeds and others.

It is known that amaranth was brought from South America 7, 000 years ago. At first, Europeans did not recognize the nutritional potential of amaranth and considered it a decorative flower only. Starting from the 18th century, it was grown as forage crop. Yet, the Incas and Aztecs used amaranth long before that and compared it to corn and beans.

Today we know of 60 kinds of amaranth. Flowering time falls onto July and this is when amaranth is harvested. The most valuable part of the plant is its seeds. It is rich in vitamins and mineral elements – calcium, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, copper etc. Studies confirm that amaranth is the only cereal which contains vitamin C. In addition, amaranth contains around 13-14% of protein, which is several times more than most cereals have. 6.7% of amaranth grain is made of fiber, which helps get harmful elements out of our organism and improves digestion processes.

Amaranth leaves, seeds, oil and grist are used for medicinal and gastronomic purposes. Seeds can be mixed with linen, sunflower, cumin, pumpkin and other types of flour.

Leaves can be added to salad mix or stored frozen.

Amaranth oil can be used as aromatic addition to pastry and can also be used for cosmetic purposes.

Amaranth extract, leaves, seeds, oil or grist help with:

  • vitamin deficiency;
  • hypertension;
  • flu and acute respiratory diseases;
  • central nervous system disorders;
  • skin diseases;
  • radiation injuries;
  • hemorrhoids;
  • toxicopathy:
  • diabetes, obesity and metabolism disorders;
  • kidney, liver and endocrine system disorders.

Consume wisely and be healthy!

One of the Carpathian Taste PU members is Kostiv Farming Household. Current assortment includes vitality cereals, e.g. nigella, amaranth, trigonella, clover, spelt, oats, barley, wheat (black, regular, red, white), green buckwheat, regular and golden linen, lentils, mung bean and white mustard.  In addition to sprouting seeds, the farmer also makes useful no-steam flakes from amaranth, bare seed barley, hulled wheat and green buckwheat.

Kostiv Farming Household

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