Amaranth also known by the name Kiwicha ,it has been cultivated in America for over 7000 years, its use is customary in Peru, Mexico and Bolivia, Amaranth seeds provide a source of protein which other cereals can’t satisfy as well in regards of its protein. It is recommended for children and can also provide approximately 70% of dietary energy.
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Amaranth easily adapts to different environments; it has an efficient type of photosynthesis which allows it to grow quickly not requiring much maintenance. Normally it grows at altitudes between 1,400 and 2,400 meters. But currently it is cultivated in different countries. It is sown in Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Guatemala, Mexico and even in South Africa. However, Peru is the leading producer where the ancestral species are harvested mainly in the valleys of Cusco, Ancash, Ayacucho, Huancavelica and Arequipa.