Miriam Kwari Herbal Corner
If you’re on the lookout for a pack with a nutritional punch, you’ll definitely want to try the amaranth.
Amaranth is the common name for more than 60 different species of amaranthus, mowa/bonongwe. Because of the high proteins, minerals and vitamins found in amaranth, the leaf and the grain were a staple back in the day.
Amaranth can be consumed as a leaf, cereal grain, flour and oil. The amaranth leaf is used to make medicine, while the grain is used in food due its fibre and protein content. The oil is applied topically to promote skin health.
Amaranth has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Adding it to your daily diet can have great benefits.
The grain is gaining popularity because of its startling health benefits.
It has an earthy and nutty flavour. It helps you to feel full because of its fiber content, and is an excellent source of protein. The nutritional value of amaranth is particularly high due to the outstanding balance of vegetable phytochemicals and essential amino acids found in the grain.
Mowa grows in harsh and lackluster conditions, in light soils, much like the mhunga/ sorghum. It’s a very efficient crop.
“Pigweed” is the wild amaranth species.
There are many amaranth products on the market. In many supermarkets, they have a range of the products.
◆ Miriam Kwari is a herbalist. She can be contacted on +263773378571