Amaranth… I’ve bought some, cooked it, tried it…

I’ve just completed a MOOC (massive open on-line course) from EIT Food – which is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, with the aim to create a sustainable and future-proof food sector. The MOOC was about super-foods and whether they are really super, and if they are, how super are they? It was an excellent course, most interesting, and if its scheduled again I really do recommend it. It covered all sorts of areas and all sorts of food, some of which I knew, some of which I had never heard.

One super food which was discussed was amaranth… (it didn’t help that in my slightly dyslexic way I read it as aramanth) Amaranth seeds are used as grain and I thought I would try it to see what its like, if it’s tasty and also good for me that would be great! I bought it, cooked it according to instructions, and to be honest, it was quite disgusting. It has quite a high oil content and just seemed greasy and with an unpleasant lingering flavour. I bought the smallest bag i could find, but it was 500g… so what am I to do with the other 400g? I hate wasting food but I had to put what I’d cooked in the compost… I wonder if there is anything I can use the rest for?

As well as carbohydrates (65.25%) fat (7.02) lots of protein (13.56) and 371 calories per 100g, it contains a great long list of vitamins and minerals

Vitamins

  • Thiamine (B1)
  • Riboflavin (B2)
  • Niacin (B3)
  • Pantothenic acid (B5)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folate (B9)
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E

Minerals

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Zinc

It’s obviously really good for you, but it just tastes horrible!! I will look up some recipes and see if I can find some palatable way of using it… if not, it will go on the compost heap!

Here is a link to the MOOC:

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/superfoods-myths-and-truths

My featured image of an amaranthus tricolor  is by Kurt Stüber

2 Comments

    1. Lois

      Ooh, thanks for mentioning that, I’ll edit right away. I guess I was so disappointed not liking it, it sounds such an interesting and different thing to include in my diet… maybe I can find a recipe with it which I do like!

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