There has been a renewed interest in recent years in the use of amaranth for human consumption. Amaranth can be used as a grain or as a vegetable. The grain is high in protein (approximately16%), with nearly twice the lysine content of wheat. It is used for breakfast cereals, as gruel, or as a cooking ingredient. It is often milled into flour for baking, or blended with other flours to increase the protein quality. The leaves of some amaranth species are cooked for use as a vegetable.
About the Northern Region
The four state region comprised of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana is located in the northern Great Plains of the United States. This region produces an abundance of agricultural commodities. The following table lists the primary uses of these commodities along with some recently developed uses.