Quinoa, Amaranth, Millet: Meet the Ancient Grains Behind Our New Culinary Ancient Grains

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In case you haven’t heard, our new Ancient Harvest Culinary Ancient Grains have hit the scene and are making a splash in the world of gluten-free goodness.


With four delicious and easy-to-prepare flavors available, it’s a breeze to make these whole grain dishes a part of your dinnertime routine. But before you do, why not learn a bit about them?


The gluten-free ancient grains behind our Ancient Harvest Culinary Ancient Grains are quinoa, amaranth and millet. And while quinoa is increasingly common in home kitchens, amaranth and millet could very well be new additions to your vocabulary and your pantry.


Quinoa is and always will be a key ingredient in Ancient Harvest products – and for good reason. Our non-GMO, organic quinoa is naturally gluten-free and a complete protein (it provides all nine essential amino acids.) We’re constantly inspired by new recipes and ways to use quinoa, from salads to snack bars – and our Culinary Ancient Grains are a natural extension of cooking with quinoa.


Amaranth may not be as popular as quinoa yet, but it’s well on its way. Originally a staple of the Aztec diet, this gluten-free seed also took the ancient Asian culinary scene by storm – so much so that it was dubbed “king seed.” While it is not technically a complete protein, it’s still a great plant-based protein option. Amaranth also has plenty of calcium, magnesium – and a bright, peppery flavor that lends our Culinary Ancient Grains a distinctly gourmet flair.


Millet is the third shining star of our Culinary Ancient Grains, and its nutty crunch is what gives the mix its unique texture. Like quinoa and amaranth, millet is deliciously nutrient-dense – containing antioxidants, magnesium and protein. Try it and you’ll know why millet has become a staple in many parts of the world, from South America to the Himalayas.


Try all four flavors of Ancient Harvest Culinary Ancient Grains: Butter & Parmesan, Sea Salt & Herb, Spanish Style, and Spicy Curry. Learn more about them all at AncientHarvest.com – and click here for recipes and pairing suggestions.