Amaranth is considered among the world´s most promising crops. It is a tall, broad-leaf plant that produces clusters of tiny bright purple flowers that produce thousands of tiny seeds. The leaves and the seeds are edible. The plant is also ornamental, its flowers have the peculiarity that even after drying they keep their bright color. “Amaranth” derives from Greek “amarantos” which means “unfading”.
Although Amaranth is often wrongly referred to as a grain, it is a seed. It is also considered as a “pseudo-cereal”. There are over 60 different species of Amaranth, but only three species are cultivated for seeds: Amaranthus hipochondriacus, Amaranthus cruentus and Amaranthus caudatus.