Amaranth, a must plant in your dooryard!

Eversince I have started my edible gardening, Amaranth has been pestering me of it's presence as a weed, at least that' s what I believe it is. A WEED! with all the spikes! But noy anymore! 

This morning I have harvested some "siling labuyo as they are starting to get dried.  Siling Labuyo is selling at P70.00 per kilo and I have them in the garden waiting to be picked, and so I did!  Beside the rows of siling labuyo, there I found again some Amaranth. I took some pictures and thought of researching about it.  I believe this plant has been making its presence known to me since then so I might as well give it a try..  True to my gut feel below is the Nutrients we can benefit from Amaranth: (excerpt from the report posted at
VI. Nutrient Value
Amaranth is a rich source of calcium, iron and vitamin A as shown in Table 1.
Table 1. Nutritional values of amaranth (Raw and Boiled/100 grams edible portion)
                                                                              Raw                                 Boiled
Moisture (%)                                                       84.4                                     83.9
Food energy (cal.)                                             47.0                                     27.0
Protein (g)                                                             4.6                                        4.4
Fiber (g)                                                                 1.1                                         -
Total Carbohydrates (g)                                     7.4                                        4.4
Ash (g)                                                                   2.5                                         -
Calcium (mg)                                                  341.0                                   314.0
Phosphorus (mg)                                             76.0                                     62.0
Iron (mg)                                                             18.0                                      -
Sodium (mg)                                                      51.0                                      -
Potassium (mg)                                             443.0                                       -
Vit. A (I.U.)                                                  12, 860.0                             12,345.0
Thiamine (mg)                                                     0.01                                   0.01
Riboflavin (mg)                                                    0.37                                   0.33
Niacin (mg)                                                          1.80                                   1.70
Ascorbic acid (mg)                                        120.00                               109.00

Given the above nutritional value, I must eat raw and compete with Popeye.  Aha, I made it as a beverage by blending it with kalamansi, honey and stevia with some cube ice in the decanter, i pour the blended amazing amaranth juice!  Goodbye osteoporosis? 
(Sorry too excited to taste that I sipped before i took the picture.  So delicious I almost have it all. It tastes so good  but I stopped, remembering I should blog it!)

12/21/2010 14:06:37

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