Some amaranth species are cultivated as leaf vegetables, pseudocereals, and ornamental plants.Most of the Amaranthus species are summer annual weeds and are commonly referred to as pigweed.amaranth is thought to have represented up to 80% of their energy consumption before the Spanish conquest.Another important use of amaranth throughout Mesoamerica was to prepare ritual drinks and foods.* * @namespace */ (function() )(); // j Script verwendet cache-busting, daher diese Hilfsfunktion // s.Puffed amaranth is usually used as a breakfast cereal.A modified infrageneric classification of Amaranthus was published by Mosyakin & Robertson (1996) and includes three subgenera: Acnida, Amaranthus, and Albersia.The taxonomy is further differentiated by sections within each of the subgenera.
Four species of Amaranthus are documented as cultivated vegetables in eastern Asia: Amaranthus cruentus, Amaranthus blitum, Amaranthus dubius, and Amaranthus tricolor.
After the Spanish conquest, cultivation of amaranth was outlawed, while some of the festivities were subsumed into the Christmas celebration. It was recovered in Mexico from wild varieties and is now commercially cultivated.
Because of its importance as a symbol of indigenous culture, its gluten-free palatability, ease of cooking, and a protein that is particularly well-suited to human nutritional needs, interest in grain amaranth (especially A. It is a popular snack sold in Mexico, sometimes mixed with chocolate or puffed rice, and its use has spread to Europe and parts of North America.
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