Part of the Amaranthaceae family, and intended for raw preparations, micro amaranth cress is actually far more versatile than you would first think.
With a rich red and fuchsia colour and an earthy flavour, this micro is prominent in a lot of great chefs’ garnishes. It possesses a crisp and tender texture and its flavour is reminiscent of beet, so it works particularly well with savoury dishes.
As for its health benefits, alike a lot of other microgreens, amaranth is nutrient dense. Packed with Vitamin C, carotenoids, Vitamin K, Vitamin E and antioxidants, amaranth is a great cress to consider as a garnish. Its Vitamin C content makes it brilliant for those wanting to protect their cells and keep themselves healthy and promote efficient wound healing. The presence of Vitamin K also assists in the body’s efficiency of wound healing. Not only does amaranth possess some great vitamins, it is also said to be helpful in lowering cholesterol levels.
Amaranth is typically native to America, although can now be grown worldwide.