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Amaranthus, collectively known as amaranth, is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants.

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Known to the Aztecs as huauhtli, it is thought to have represented up to 80% of their caloric consumption before the conquest. Another important use of amaranth throughout Mesoamerica was to prepare ritual drinks and foods.

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Because of its importance as a symbol of indigenous culture, its gluten-free palatability, ease of cooking, and a protein that is particularly well-suited to human nutritional needs, interest in grain amaranth revived in the 1970s. It was recovered in Mexico from wild varieties and is now commercially cultivated. It is a popular snack sold in Mexico, sometimes mixed with chocolate or puffed rice, and its use has spread to Europe and parts of North America.

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Although several species are often considered weeds, people around the world value amaranths as leaf vegetables, cereals, and ornamental plants. The root of mature amaranth is a popular vegetable. It is white and cooked with tomatoes or tamarind gravy. It has a milky taste and is alkaline. In China, the leaves and stems are used as a stir-fry vegetable, or in soups. A traditional food plant in Africa, amaranth has the potential to improve nutrition.

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Amaranth greens are a common leaf vegetable throughout the tropics and in many warm temperate regions. Amaranth seeds contain lysine, an essential amino acid, limited in other grains or plant sources. Amaranth may be a promising source of protein to those who are gluten sensitive, because unlike the protein found in grains such as wheat and rye, its protein does not contain gluten.

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