Amaranth grains were imported to Russia in the second half of the 19th century. And this plant was immediately undeservedly considered a weed. However, at home in South America, amaranth has been grown as a major grain crop for several millennia, along with corn and beans. Since the XVII century, it has ceased to be only an ornamental plant in Europe.
In terms of protein and fiber content, as well as lysine - an essential amino acid – amaranth, whose grain is also rich in iron, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins, phospholipids and phytosterols, significantly surpasses most cereals.
The use of amaranth in food makes the human diet more balanced and complete. From amaranth flour, you can bake bakery products, from cereals to cook porridge. The use of amaranth in children's food and in cases where a gluten-free diet is necessary is justified.
The size of the amaranth grain is only 0.5-0.8 mm in diameter. And the weight of one thousand grains is only 0.8 grams.