31Days of Fruits & Vegetables – Amaranth Greens
What is Amaranth Greens? Amaranth greens are a leaf from the Amaranth plant. It’s a green leaf streaked with shades of red and purple and are carried in most Asian markets. Originated in Mexico over thousands of years ago, it is now known to be found across Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, and parts of Africa along the Caribbean and Europe. To many Africans and Caribbeans, they are known as “Callaloo”. Amaranth greens are known to be a great addition to salads and even stir-fry, soups and simmered dishes.
Like so many fresh greens, Amaranth greens need no embellishment aside from just a few ingredients. Though it can be eaten raw, if you buy a red-leaf variety, the leaves exude a blood-red juice when cooked. Similar to Spinach, the Amaranth green’s thin stalks can be eaten as well. Taste is very hearty yet contains a tender texture.
Outside of its taste, Amaranth greens pack tons of Vitamins and health properties. With tons of Vitamin E, the greens are a good source of potassium, helps reduce hypertension, improving digestion, and is a great source of Iron.