25 seeds Cooked amaranth leaves are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, manganese, and folate. amaranth grains are toasted much like popcorn and mixed with honey, molasses, or chocolate to make a treat called alegría, meaning "joy" in Spanish. its gluten-free palatability, ease of cooking, and a protein that is particularly well-suited to human nutritional needs
Red Garnet Amaranth
Amaranthus shows a wide variety of morphological diversity among and even within certain species. Although the family (Amaranthaceae) is distinctive, the genus has few distinguishing characters among the 70 species included. This complicates taxonomy and Amaranthus has generally been considered among systematists as a "difficult" genus.