Amaranth is the name of a song by the Finnish symphonic power metal band Nightwish. The word “amaranth” in the song is mentioned in its original meaning – “unfading flower” (Greek Αμάραντος). This song is a video clip, which cost more than 270,000 €. The video script is based on the plot of the painting “The Wounded Angel” by the Finnish artist Hugo Simberg at the beginning of the XX century.
Studying the research devoted to amaranth, you can find works devoted to food coloring with the same name. Can this plant be used to color food? It turns out that there is a chemical food dye E123, also called “amaranth” because of the color it gives to products.
Amaranth dye Do not confuse “our” amaranth (small grains, very nutritious, rich in protein, and, naturally, without gluten) with purple-red synthetic food dye E123, obtained from coal tar, a by-product from coal processing! Not surprisingly, since 1976, the E123 dye has been banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States because it is suspected of being carcinogenic. But its use is still legal in some countries, for example, in the UK, where it is most often used to give the traditional cherry candies a rich color.
Amaranth like the Indian god Ganesh. Can amaranth cure back pain? According to 60-year-old Hindi Sam Lal, who lives in Queens, the amaranth who rooted between two concrete slabs in his backyard did just that. When the plant grew, its flowers began to resemble the head and trunk of an elephant. The owner of the house is convinced that this flower is the epitome of the head of an elephant of the Hindu god Ganesha. Confidence in the fact that the plant – the embodiment of Ganesh strengthened from Sam, after he stopped to torture back pain. He says: “They say that God comes in many forms. I believe that this time he took the form of a plant to come into my yard and bless me. ”
Amaranth salad Even amaranth leaves alone can bring enormous benefits to human health. In 2002, Australian scientists published a study of the diet of the Greeks, who migrated to Melbourne, but kept traditional Mediterranean dishes on their menu. The Greeks were chosen to study the food because of the relatively high concentration of circulating carotenoids in the body and low mortality due to cardiovascular diseases.
In the course of this study, food products that are usually consumed by Greeks — green leafy vegetables, figs, and various types of olive oil — were chosen to estimate the concentration of carotenoids. Researchers have found that of all types of purchased and wild greenery, amaranth leaves contain some of the highest levels of beta-carotene and lutein. Imagine how nutritious and healthy the dish is the salad with the leaves and grains of this plant!
Usually amaranth plant is considered large if its height is from 1.5 to 2.5 m. The highest amaranth in the world, listed in the Guinness Book of Records, was a real giant, because it reached as much as 8.5 meters! This fact was recorded on October 25, 2007 in the city of Reinbek (USA).
Amaranth Cosmic Cookies Amaranth’s popularity in the US is growing every year, but in 1985 it took off – literally in the sense! When the Atlantis reusable spacecraft made its first voyage from the earth’s atmosphere on October 3, 1985, the amaranth was on board. Not only did the crew members experiment with studying the growth of this plant in space, NASA’s chefs also prepared amaranth cookies, which astronauts reinforced during the mission.
What is common between the Swedish nobles of the 1600s and the modern master masons? Amaranth Order, of course! During her reign, Queen Christina of Sweden created this order for knights and ladies of her court. The modern Amaranth Order is a Masonic organization, founded in 1873 and serving as a social, fraternal and charitable organization.