Amaranth is a strange and wonderful gluten-free seed that's loaded with history and protein. Mexicans pop it and pack it in a sweet syrup and eat it as a candy bar called alegria. Here in the states it's best known as a hot breakfast cereal or ground and added to flour for a protein punch for baked goods.
Some strains of amaranth are known as pigweed and are a nuisance weed during the summer. Others are red and beautiful and are used in cut flower arrangements. the rancho gordo Amaranth seeds are a golden variety and the tiny seeds are packed with protein and ready to use.