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“Tired of wheat? Try the amaranth instead! ”- these are the words uttered by Professor Stephen Hopper, an Australian botanist, talking to journalists from British media. In particular, such an authoritative publication as The Guardian.

According to the professor, humanity has a serious problem – this is not a very correct choice of cultures, as well as short-sightedness in their cultivation and use. What makes humanity extremely vulnerable. Stephen Hopper Amaranth

Reference! Stephen Donald Hopper (born June 18, 1951) is an Australian botanist. He has written eight books and has published over 200 publications. He was director of Kings Park in Perth for seven years, and also headed the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew (UK) from 2006 to 2012. He is currently a professor at the Department of Plant Conservation Biology at the University of Western Australia. On January 1, 2001, Hopper was awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Society. In 2012, Hopper was introduced to the Order of Australia for “outstanding service as a supervisor in the field of plant conservation biology, particularly in providing world-class research programs that help preserve endangered species and ecosystems.”

Despite the huge number of cultures, humanity receives 80% of only a few dozen species. Although, according to Stephen Hopper, there are more than 30 thousand edible plants on the planet.

As it was in antiquity
For many years, mankind relies on the “big three”:

  • wheat;
  • barley;
  • corn.

It is these grains that form the basis of food. Although, of course, do not forget about rice, rye, oats and other grains.

However, according to Professor Stephen Hopper, long before mankind became so conservative in food choices, food choices were more varied.

In particular, he notes such slightly forgotten and now very unpopular herbal products as:

  • breadfruit;
  • amaranth;
  • tamarind.

Their inclusion in the daily diet can significantly help humanity. The main thing is to properly promote the plants so that they receive sincere demand.

According to Stephen Hopper, breadfruit are good because they can be prepared for virtually everyone:

  • fry;
  • cook;
  • stew;
  • dry and grind to get flour.

As the professor said, he personally uses the breadfruit as a substitute for potatoes, and also prepares them from excellent delicious pudding, which is fried with cinnamon and sugar.

The fruits of this plant are famous for their rich, fruity and slightly acid taste. Tamarind is great for preparing various stews. For example, it makes an excellent stew.

Today, tamarind is especially in demand in Cuba and the Philippines, but in some other countries it is also used.

Although in general the plant is not yet very popular, despite its rich nutritional value.

Note! On the nutritional value of tamarind, you can write a separate article, we note in brief the high content of sodium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin B6, vitamin B1. Calories – 239 calories per 100 grams.

Amaranth is becoming increasingly popular. It is sold not only in offline stores, but also in online stores. According to the professor, the plant is a great alternative to wheat. However, amaranth has much more opportunities to make your diet not only diverse, but also useful. From amaranth receive:

  • flour;
  • grains;
  • butter;
  • greenery.

From it is prepared – soups, pastries, cereals, salads and much more. According to Stephen Hopper, amaranth should be respected for its high protein content. In addition, it is one of the fastest growing and highly productive cereals on the planet.

What else needs to be said
Stephen Hopper’s opinion is authoritative. This is really an outstanding specialist in the field of botany, and therefore his words are true. If you have not tried amaranth, now is the best time to do it!

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