What is amaranth called in Nigeria?

What is amaranth called in Nigeria?


What is EFO Shoko called in English?

Lagos Spinach

Which vegetable is called Green in Nigeria?

Amaranth greens

What is the common name of Amaranthus?

Amaranthus retroflexus is a species of flowering plant in the family Amaranthaceae with several common names, including red-root amaranth, redroot pigweed, red-rooted pigweed, common amaranth, pigweed amaranth, and common tumbleweed.

Can you eat raw amaranth?

Amaranth also contains tannins, phytates, and oxalates, which inhibit the intestinal absorption of nutrients. For this reason, amaranth should only be consumed raw in moderation and if possible should be soaked and drained beforehand. Pseudograins like amaranth, buckwheat, and quinoa are less suitable as baby foods.

Is Amaranth high glycemic index?

It has to be noted that amaranth has high glycemic index - approximately of 107 and an insulin curve that suggests an insulinogenic effect. This is the reason why Nmami suggests that the grain should be consumed in combination with low GI foods like wheat. Mixing wheat with amaranth can reduce its GI to 25, she says.

What can I substitute for amaranth?


  • What is Amaranth? Amaranth is an ancient tiny grain (actually a seed) native to the Americas. This high-protein grain is used as a cereal or ground into flour. ...
  • Substitute for Amaranth. Millet or quinoa.
  • Equivalents. 1 cup raw grain yields 2 2/3 cups cooked grain 1 cup = 246 grams.

Is Amaranth similar to quinoa?

Like quinoa, amaranth is a seed and a complete protein—and it's naturally gluten-free. The greens of the plant have a slightly sweet flavor and can be used in cooking and in salads, while the seed is a popular ingredient in baked goods like breads, muffins and pancakes.