Organic Chinese Red Spinach/Bayam Merah/Red Amaranth 150g Thailand
Highlights: Chinese red spinach 中国红苋菜 Zhōng guó hóng xiàn cài (Amaranthus L.) seeds have been found in settlements in Central and South America as far back as 7,000 years BC. Amaranth is a robust C4 plant which grows well in temperate and tropical regions and has also been found as far back as 1000 BC in Uttar Pradesh and China. It is not certain whether the plant originated in the New World and spread to other continents via pre-Columbian transoceanic trading routes, but the varietals are extraordinarily similar.
Chinese red spinach or amaranth leaves are nutritionally similar to Swiss chard, spinach and beetroot leaves, and offer a rich source of carotenoids, vitamin C, minerals and trace elements. The leaves also contain the amino acids methionine and lysine making them a great companion for rice which is deficient in lysine.
The leaves are mild and tender and excellent in soups or stir-fried with garlic and a little broth.