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Nº 11. Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kiwicha or Peruvian Amaranth

Kiwicha is the name of a plant (and its seeds) in the family Amaranthaceae. Its scientific name is Amaranthus caudatus. The seeds are diminutive, edible, and highly nutritive. They are usually eaten puffed.

Nutritional Composition of the Edible Part of Kiwicha
Nutrient Quantity in 100 g
of edible portion
Calcium179.0 mg
Phosphorus454.0 mg
Iron5.3 mg
Protein12.9 g
Fat7.2 g
Carbohydrates65.1 g

Source: Instituto de Nutrición de Centroamérica y Panamá (INCAP).