Week 3- Amaranth
Amaranth was first cultivated by the Aztec peoples 6-8 thousand years ago. The Aztecs believed amaranth provided them supernatural powers. It was a staple crop but also used for building statues for worship. Amaranth was mixed with honey (one source also said blood- don’t know whose) to build the statues which were broken apart and distributed to fellow worshipers. When the Spanish arrived touting Christianity the amaranth fields were destroyed and growers punished. Small amounts of amaranth were re-discovered in remote areas and introduced to the US in the 1970’s by George Mateljan, a philanthropist and wellness advocate.