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WNYC Investigates Amaranth

Amaranth in the Herb Garden
Caleb Leech, Herb Garden curator, and Ariel Nadelberg, Terrace Café chef, recently spoke with WNYC about amaranth, a nutritious, delicious plant grown and served at BBG.

Amaranth may be the most important and delicious plant you've never heard of. It’s been cultivated for thousands of years across the world and could be a major player in the future of food security, but, despite its many virtues, few Americans are familiar with it. Caleb Leech, BBG's Herb Garden curator, and Ariel Nadelberg, Terrace Café chef, know amaranth’s extraordinary qualities, though, and recently spoke with All Things Considered host Amy Eddings about it in WNYC’s studio for the popular Last Chance Foods segment. This versatile plant has an edible leaf, stalk and stem, is easy to grow and cook, and is highly nutritious. (The seeds have as much protein as fish!)

Check out Last Chance Foods online for info on the segment and a delicious recipe from Nadelberg. Eat up!  

Kate Blumm is the Communications manager for Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
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