Gardening Tips: 5-Step Guide To Grow Amaranth In Your Home Garden

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Updated on Apr 22, 2024, 02:15 IST- 3 min read
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Gardening Tips: Growing amaranth is simple and satisfying whether you're a seasoned gardener or a curious beginner. This heat-loving plant offers both edible leaves and a nutritious seed. Amaranth's relatively low maintenance needs and adaptability to various climates make it an excellent choice for home gardens. Some benefits are that it is high in protein, rich in Fiber, and improves heart health. So, lets quickly jump in and learn how to grow this delicious and beneficial plant at home:

Types of Amaranth:

Amaranth comes in two main varieties: grain amaranth (grown for seeds) and leafy amaranth (grown for its edible greens).

How to grow amaranth in your home garden?

  1. Location: To grow Amaranth find a place with full sun (at least 6 hours a day). Amaranth is a warm-season plant that thrives in heat and full sun.
  2. Soil: Amaranth prefers soil that is well-draining and fertile soil. So make sure to add compost and manure to the soil 1-2 weeks before sowing the seeds.
  3. Sowing: Sow the seeds directly outdoors, in the garden, once soil temperatures reach 15°C. Plant the seeds ? inch deep and 4 inches apart.
  4. Water: Water regularly, especially during hot weather. Aim for about 1 inch of water per week.
  5. Mulch: Mulch to help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

When to harvest Amaranth?

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  1. For the Leafy Amaranth variety, harvest young leaves regularly to encourage tender new growth.
  2. For the Grain Amaranth, harvest seed heads when they turn brown and dry. Thresh to separate the seeds.?

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What are the benefits of including Amaranth in your diet?

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  1. Gluten-free: Amaranth is a naturally gluten-free grain, making it an excellent choice for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities.
  2. High in Protein: Amaranth provides a complete protein meaning, it contains all nine essential amino acids, making it one of the best sources for vegetarians and vegans.
  3. Rich in Fiber: Helps promote digestive health, regulate blood sugar, and contribute to feelings of fullness.
  4. Excellent Mineral Source: Amaranth boasts significant amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and potassium, which all play vital roles in bodily functions.
  5. Heart Health: The fibre, phytosterols, and antioxidants in amaranth may help lower cholesterol levels and reduce blood pressure.
  6. Antioxidant Properties: Amaranth contains antioxidants that fight against cell damage caused by free radicals, potentially reducing inflammation and the risk of chronic disease.?
  7. Supports Weight Management:?Its high fibre and protein content can promote satiety and aid in weight loss efforts.??

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