Red Amaranth Cress – Who, What, How?
January 21, 2020
Red Amaranth is todays focus!
In these weekly blogs, we will select our favourite product this week and discuss its variety of health benefits and uses. We will throw in some great recipes for you to try and some top tips and tricks.
Red Amaranth Cress
Part of the Amaranthaceae family, and intended for raw preparations, micro amaranth cress is actually far more versatile than you would first think.
With a rich red and fuchsia colour and an earthy flavour, this micro is prominent in a lot of great chefs’ garnishes. It possesses a crisp and tender texture and its flavour is reminiscent of beet, so it works particularly well with savoury dishes.
As for its health benefits, alike a lot of other microgreens, amaranth is nutrient dense. Packed with Vitamin C, carotenoids, Vitamin K, Vitamin E and antioxidants, amaranth is a great cress to consider as a garnish. Its Vitamin C content makes it brilliant for those wanting to protect their cells and keep themselves healthy and promote efficient wound healing. The presence of Vitamin K also assists in the body’s efficiency of wound healing. Not only does amaranth possess some great vitamins, it is also said to be helpful in lowering cholesterol levels.
Amaranth is typically native to America, although can now be grown worldwide.
Let’s get stuck in with a few recipe ideas …
Middle Rib for Beef
This meaty dish was prepped and made by the brilliant Jacob James Garwood. Using lots of seasoning and some fantastic ingredients, Jacob brings together several components to make an attractive, meaty main. Adding amaranth micro cress, Jacob brings a delicate garnish with a beet and grassy flavour to cut through the deep fried okra. Click here to try his recipe in full on The Nurtured Way.
Gone are the mundane green salads – vibrant salads are now more popular than ever. Adding pops of colour and new ingredients makes your leaf salad far more appetising, and we’ve prepared a list of ingredients that would work very well in the revitalised salad.
- 1 handful of amaranth cress
- 1 handful of tendril pea shoots
- 1 handful of salad peas
- 1 handful of red vein sorrel cress
- Toss the ingredients together with a dressing of your choice.
- Once the leaves are well dressed, place into a bowl and serve with a sprinkle more amaranth micro cress.
Vegan Quiche with Red Amaranth Leaves
Over on The Nurtured Way, Vegan Leanne has written a super easy vegan quiche recipe, including and garnished with not only red amaranth cress, but also amaranth pom pom edible flowers. With Veganuary in full swing, this will be a great recipe for anyone needing a little inspiration. Mixed in with the quiche filling and baked for 20-30 minutes, the beet flavour of the amaranth will add depth to the dish. Click here to try the recipe in full.
Top tips and tricks –
- Add amaranth cress to a plainer dish to really enhance that extra pop of colour
- Keep your cress sealed in the fridge to help it last that little bit longer
- Garnish your cheeseboards with this bright cress – it works particularly well with goats cheese!