Amaranth Institute Conference Chicago 2013 Report

Amaranth Institute Conference Chicago 2013

I wanted to share with you a photo from the 2013 Amaranth Institute conference held in Chicago, Illinois. We had a strong turnout with more than 25 amaranth enthusiasts from more than seven US states, two African countries, Russia, and India.  In a couple of weeks, I will post PDF files of the presentations.  We encourage you to continue to follow the work of the Institute at

Growing Amaranth

Amaranth is a highly nutritious, golden seed. Amaranth seeds are unusually high in protein for a non-legume, running around 14 to 16% protein. Even better, the protein is well balanced in amino acids, and is high in lysine, an amino acid most grains are deficient in.

How to grow

Amaranth is a broadleaf plant that could be mistaken for soybeans early in the growing season by someone driving past a field. Late in the season, however, there is no mistaking this striking, tall crop which develops brilliantly colored grain heads producing thousands of tiny seeds. Amaranth was a major food of the Aztecs and earlier American cultures, having been domesticated thousands of years ago.