Grow.Bar Organic Seed.Kit® - Red Amaranth
The Aztec's used this ancient grain as a staple, and it was even included in some of their religious ceremonies. The red amaranth grain was a great source of food and medicine for the ancient tribe. However, the leaves are also able to be consumed and have just as many benefits (like our adorable and vibrant Grow.Bar red amaranth microgreens). The Amaranthus plant is native to areas from the Himalayas to the coast of South India, and from the grain to the leaves, it has been used for centuries.
The leaves are packed with iron and the plant has similar characteristics to spinach. It's fat free, cholesterol free and includes vitamins A and C, as well as some calcium and potassium. The juice from the leaves contains carbohydrates, proteins and minerals and has been used to treat things like digestive issues and hemorrhage conditions. And regular consumption of amaranth leaves will ease overall digestion and help with healthy weight management. The Aztec's had it right - everyone should really be consuming Amaranth daily.
It is also good for anemics, because of the iron, and (obviously) helps to reduce cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular disease as well. Research shows that the leaves even help with hair loss and greying issues (organicfacts.net), and act as an excellent astringent for skin conditions like eczema and acne.
Grow.Bar® red amaranth microgreens
Our red amaranth microgreens are obviously just as healthy, if not more so, than their adult counterparts and can be used in the same way. Just like spinach, amaranth can be included in stir-fry recipes, sandwiches, salads and soups and can even be incorporated in breading mixtures for proteins and meats. Our Organic Seed Kits® come complete with organic fertilizer, organic seeds and all other necessary organic grow media, all you have to do is add water.
The red variety of amaranth is used often in Indian cuisine. And it's quick and easy to toss in a smoothie or add a pop of color to any dish. Our Grow.Bar amaranth takes about 12 days to harvest and provides your indoor garden with beautiful aromas and colors, while providing you and your family with a healthy, vibrant boost of nutrition. Check out a suggested recipe below & enjoy.
Grow.Bar® Recipe - Spicy Amaranth Stir-Fry
- 1 cup of amaranth seeds
- 1/2 cup Grow.Bar Red Amaranth microgreens
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 cup arugula
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup diced butternut squash
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- salt, pepper & sugar
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- Cook the red amaranth in vegetable stock until tender, not more than a few minutes (to get rid of most of the liquid).
- Put the cooked amaranth in a large mixing bowl. Season the amaranth with vinegar, salt, pepper and some sugar.
- Place the butternut squash in a bowl, toss with some oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until tender. Add the baked squash to the amaranth and mix well.
- Add the minced jalapeno and taste the mixture. Blend the mixture well and give it a taste. Adjust seasoning to your liking.
- Gently toss in the spinach and arugula. Toss in the cranberries and ensure everything is mixed well. Finally add the Grow.Bar Amaranth for additional taste, color and appeal.
- Serve chilled & enjoy.
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