Amaranth is an apt alternative to maize farming in Kenya due to the unreliable supply of this staple corn product that has aggravated food insecurity in the country. Farmers need to be sensitized to the benefits of growing amaranth, locally known as terere - which can be consumed as a grain, ground into flour or as a vegetable.
adequate rain, maize takes 3 months to reach maturity while amaranth takes
around two months and requires very little rain, hence the crop can perform
well even during dry seasons. Amaranth flour makes mouthwatering chapatti, doughnuts, uji, and Ugali which has a superior nutritional value. It has a distinctive
sweet but peppery taste, one that many people prefer combined with other
grains, for a mellower flavor. Technically, it's not a grain; it's the fruit of
a plant. And that's the reason it contains a more complete protein, and more of
it, than other traditional grains.
your daily protein needs with complex carbohydrates, rather than animal
protein, is both healthier for you and a boon to your weight-loss efforts. That's
because animal protein often comes packaged with fat and cholesterol (two
dietary components that you definitely wish to consume less). For something
new, different, and highly nutritious in your diet, try amaranth and have some
fun experimenting and discovering your favourite ways to use it.
when just a little is included in a recipe, the benefit is worth it. For anyone
cutting down on meat, amaranth offers a bonanza of near-complete protein. It's
not as low in the amino acid lysine, as many other grains are. It is also much
richer in iron, magnesium, and calcium than most grains, so it can help keep
anemia and osteoporosis at bay. It excels as a source of fiber, mostly
insoluble, which is of help in reducing the risk of a variety of diseases,
including heart disease, certain cancer and digestive-tract condition.
Fanuel Odhiambo, a Nutrition and food security expert in UNHCR highly
recommends the grain for women who are breastfeeding and for management of
diseases such as diabetes, tuberculosis, malnutrition, and liver complications.
worth investing in? Big yes! Planting the amaranth seed costs only KES 400 per
acre, which can yield up to KES 30,000 in income. Amaranth flour goes for KES 200-250
compared to maize flour that is now sold at KES 105-120 depending on the brand,
for a packet of two kilograms. In ample supply, a packet of maize meal sells at
about KES 85.
Let’s diversify our farming to African Leafy Vegetables and ‘Terere’ is just one on these nutritious
source: Flower Encyclopedia