We all know Amaranth as Rajgira. It is the seed that was first cultivated 6000-8000 years ago, which makes it a very versatile and resilient crop. These tiny powerhouses are super foods with a gamut of nutritional benefits. Amaranth in Greek means #immortal. Its high calcium level is good for bone health.
🌱THE FARMER AND ECOLOGY
The plant is #resistant, adaptable, and grows rapid, marked by high rates of seed production. It grows quickly and yields well in a variety of climates, without the need for chemical fertilisers. It is hardy, able to withstand high temperatures and prolonged droughts. Its #environmentalfootprint is very light.
It is not only a very rich source of calcium, iron, protein, minerals and vitamins, but is also gluten-free and light on the stomach.
🌱A FUTURE FOOD
Amaranth has a balanced amino acid and #micronutrient profile. Its ability to with stand environmental stress makes the crop a suitable choice for future agricultural systems.
Cultivation of amaranth is expanding worldwide due to its high-quality protein, gluten-free status, and equitable yields in a wide variety of growing conditions. Amaranth requires low water, fertiliser and energy relative to traditional cereals. Processing of amaranth requires innovative approaches due to its small seed size. Therefore, amaranth has potential for a significant impact on global food security for providing a plant-protein rich human diet.
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