Amaranths are annual herbs. They comprise about 70 species, including 3 grain amaranths. In Zimbabwe, we know the amaranth plant for its edible leaves, but in many parts of the world it is better known for its edible grain seeds.
Grain amaranth is easy to grow, easy to harvest and easy to cook. It is gluten-free and a protein powerhouse.
BIZ is involved in field trials with local NGOs to study the performance of species and varieties of grain amaranth, develop cultivation practices, and set-up seed banks, and jointly with local private companies working on a popping machine and running an information campaign drawing attention to the nutritional and health benefits of amaranth.