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Add Some Drama to Your Garden With Ornamental Amaranth

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Growing your own produce is one of the best ways to ensure access to fresh, chemical-free food, and is an activity enjoyed by young and senior gardeners each year
  • There are nearly 60 varieties of amaranth, a tall flowering plant producing edible leaves and thousands of seeds you may use in your cooking
  • Although technically a seed and not a grain, amaranth seeds may be popped, boiled, broiled and added to soups and stews as a flavorful and nutrient-packed thickener
  • The leaves may be harvested throughout the growing season, but the seeds require up to three months to mature. The seeds are high in protein and lysine, an essential amino acid; they are easily digested, high in fiber and higher in minerals, such as calcium, iron and carotenoids, than most vegetables

By Dr. Mercola

Growing your own fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to ensure access to fresh, chemical-free food. An annual National Gardening Survey finds the proportion of older gardeners is holding steady while younger individuals who enjoy gardening is reaching an all-time high. Container and landscape gardening are also setting new records.


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