Sunday, January 23, 2011

Amaranth

The Aztecs, Maya and Inca all had great ancient civilizations in the Americas. These cultures were able to survive due to their ability to cultivate the land. One of the crops they produced was amaranth.
(Cop├ín Ruinas, Honduras)


Amaranth is a grain-like the seed that resembles a small version of quinoa. It is available at most bulk food stores in the Greater Toronto Area. I found that amaranth was very easy to cook and had an amazing flavour to boot.


To cook it, you will need 1/2 cup of amaranth.


Begin to boil 1 1/2 cups of water with half a teaspoon of salt.


Place the amaranth into the boiling water and let it simmer for one minute. Cover the pot, turn the flame to low, and allow the grains to steam for approximately 20-25 minutes.


The result will be a glossy mixture which resembles as a mix between quinoa and polenta.


I was honestly surprised by its taste! I had some sauce all ready to dress the grains, but I did not need it at all. Amaranth has a nutty flavour that will work well as a substitute for the starch in your next meal.

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