Nutritional value of Green amaranth vegetables
Green vegetables are highly nutritional. Green amaranth are known to have vitamins; A, K, B6, C, riboflavin and also foliate, and some minerals including; calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese.
- Energy- 23 Kcal
- Carbohydrates- 4.02 g
- Protein- 2.46 g
- Total Fat- 0.33 g
- Cholesterol- 0 mg
- Dietary Fiber- 2.2 g
- Vitamins Folates- 85 µg
- Niacin- 0.658 mg
- Pantothenic acid- 0.065 mg
- Pyridoxine- 0.192 mg
- Riboflavin- 0.158 mg
- Thiamin- 0.027 mg
- Vitamin A- 2917 IU
- Vitamin C- 43.3 mg
- Vitamin- K1140 µg
- ElectrolytesSodium- 20 mg
- Potassium- 611 my
- MineralsCalcium- 215 mg
- Copper- 0.162 mg
- Iron- 2.32 mg
- Magnesium- 55 mg
- Manganese- 0.885 mg
- Phosphorus- 50 mg
- Zinc- 0.90 my
Source: USDA National Nutrient data base
History Green amaranth
The species of amaranth, which can also be classified as a herb, is cultivated by many Asian cultures as a leaf vegetable and also across Indonesia, Vietnam, Indian, Malaysia, China and also largely cultivated in Africa and Europe.
However, too much consumption of Green amaranth vegetables soup and fat can increase the chance of having heart disease, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat due to an increase in salt and fat intake. The intake of fresh beef should be greatly reduced especially for adults, you can either take smoke fish, dry fish, or even dry meat.
Today we are going to learn how to cook vegetables with low salt or sodium diet, reduce fat and no salt intake.
Ingredients needed for Green amaranth recipes
- 1 large bunch of amaranth greens
- 3 cloves of very fresh onion (Grind or blend)
- 3 cloves of crayfish (Grind or blend)
- 3 cloves of African locust beans also known as parkia biglobosa (Grind or blend)
- 2 cloves of very fresh Chile peppers (Grind or blend)
- 2 cloves of tomato (Grind or blend)
- Garlic powder (optional)
- Ginger powder (optional)
- Common coptula (optional)
- Dry meat
- Dry or smoke fish
What should not be included:
- Fresh beef
- Fresh meat
Preparation of Green amaranth
- Pluck the vegetable leaves off the stems after a thorough wash. Then slice it.
- Steam or boil the vegetable for 5 minutes or until tender or soft.
- Drain the water from the steam vegetable and put it aside in a clean bowl (like the picture above)
- Tomatoes, onions, and pepper with other ingredients should all mixed together so as to make the vegetable have a better taste because you are not adding salt.
- See the picture below
The procedure mention above are for Green amaranth vegetables, Gbure (water leaf), Malabar spinach (amunututu); yoruban bologi (ebolo)
Other vegetables such as efo ewuro (bitter leaf), ugu (pumpkin leaves) may be slightly different because of the bitterness taste.
Follow this method for bitter leaf
- Pluck the leaves off the stems and wash thoroughly with salt to reduce the bitterness and drain the vegetable well before putting it in the pan.
- Follow the other procedure as mentioned above.
For Gbure (water leaf), yoruban bologi and Malabar spinach do not steam because they are soft and tender vegetables just wash thoroughly after slice, drain well and add it to your head pan with the other ingredients and cover for 2 minutes and stir together.
For more information watch the below video
Some of the Green amaranth vegetables are not readily available in stores; you can only buy them at African and online stores.