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Amaranth Leaves

Amaranth leaves hold carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, and vitamins, and when eaten regularly, Amaranth can help improve digestion, excessive menstruation, and weight management. The vegetable has a high Iron content and fiber, which can help reduce cholesterol levels.

Fiber (Fibre) is made up of indigestible compounds of plants and passes through the digestive system relatively unchanged. Adding fiber to your daily diet helps the digestive system to stay healthy.

Amaranth Leaves
Amaranth Leaves
Image by Christoph Friske from Pixabay
Amaranth Leaves
Edible Amaranth Leaves
Image by Christoph Friske from Pixabay

The Amaranth plant is known as one of the oldest foods on Earth and crops grown globally. It is true. Farmers in Mexico have been cultivating this beautiful, nutritious grain for centuries.

For amaranth to germinate, soil temperatures need to be 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Seeds can be sown directly in the garden or started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Seeds should be barely covered with soil and spaced 4-18 inches apart depending on the variety. Amaranth grows best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil, but tolerates poor soil and drought. The seeds are tiny, so a toothpick can be used to pick up 1-2 seeds at a time. Seedlings should be watered consistently and given plenty of light. A well-tended amaranth plant can reach a height of 5-8 feet.

Are you someone who is not into eating super greens? You can add supplements to your diet easily without eating steamed greens or salads. You can add Amaranth to stews, oatmeal, and the like. Be creative.

Create a unique side dish using the stems of an Amaranth plant. Chop and cook the stems and add your favorite spices. The tender greens are great for salads, and the branch is perfect for sautéd.

This vegetable is also called een/en Choy or Chinese spinach. Try the leaves stir-fried or lightly steamed.

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