SIMPLi works with producers around the world who use ethical farming practices to bring sustainable high-quality grains, legumes, superfoods, spices, and oils directly to your dining table. By working directly with farming communities, SIMPLi helps to simplify the supply chain in an effort to shift value back to farmers and ensure the integrity of its ingredients.
Welcome back to our Sourcing SIMPLi series, which whisks you away on a journey to see the origins of SIMPLi’s extraordinary ingredients. Today, we’re highlighting our NEW Regenerative Organic Certified® Amaranth.
Where is SIMPLi's Amaranth From?
SIMPLi sources its amaranth directly from farming communities in the Andes region of Peru, in Andahuaylas, Chumbivilca, and Ayacucho. The region's genetic diversity of amaranth varieties enhances the crop's resiliency, nutritional profile, and flavor, while also promoting long-term sustainability for farmers. Growing amaranth in the Andes allows farmers to leverage the region's diverse microclimates and altitude variations to implement regenerative organic agriculture methods like crop rotation and soil conservation, which help protect ecosystems, maintain soil fertility, and minimize the use of synthetic inputs.
Amaranth holds immense cultural significance among indigenous communities in the Andes. By sourcing from this region, we can honor and preserve their traditional knowledge, farming techniques, and cultural heritage associated with this ingredient and support the continuity of indigenous practices. Working with indigenous farming communities in the Andes not only supports cultural heritage and environmental stewardship, but also economic empowerment and social responsibility. Through our fair and transparent supply chains, we ensure farmers receive equitable compensation for their efforts. This supports their livelihoods while contributing to poverty alleviation, rural development, and the overall well-being of these communities.
Amaranth: A Nutritional Marvel
Amaranth has delighted tastebuds and kept humans healthy for centuries, dating back to the legendary Aztecs and Incas. Packed with essential nutrients, this unique culinary gem offers a myriad of health benefits that will leave you craving more. We've made it easy for you to see all the benefits of this remarkable ancient grain in one place—take a moment to peruse the following list and prepare to be amazed:
Amaranth is packed with plant-based protein, making it an excellent diet staple for vegans and vegetarians. It contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein that can support muscle growth, repair, and overall wellness.
Rich in Fiber
Say hello to satiety and wave goodbye to hunger pangs! Amaranth is loaded with fiber, keeping you feeling fuller for longer. It also supports digestive health, promoting a healthy gut and stable blood sugar levels.
Vitamins and Minerals Galore
Amaranth boasts an impressive array of vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C. These vital nutrients are essential for bone health, energy production, and overall health and well-being.
For individuals with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease, Amaranth is a culinary lifesaver that can easily be a replacement for traditional grains. Its natural gluten-free nature makes it a versatile substitute for oats, wheat, rye, and barley.
Loaded with Antioxidants
Amaranth is packed with antioxidants that help protect the body against harmful free radicals, which contribute to chronic diseases and aging. These antioxidants, such as gallic acid and rutin, also have anti-inflammatory properties and support overall vitality.
Amaranth contains phytosterols, which are compounds that can help lower cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease. It is also rich in peptides that lend a helping hand in lowering blood pressure. Your heart will thank you!
By bringing ancient Andean amaranth to market in the U.S., we allow modern consumers to enjoy a nutritious product while contributing to the well-being of communities and the preservation of the environment.
Our Regenerative Organic Certified® Amaranth embodies the perfect synergy between nourishment and sustainability, leaving an indelible mark on your palate and the planet. Join us on this epic culinary voyage as we revolutionize your meals, one sustainable bite at a time.
Embark on a journey to Andahuaylas by watching our Sourcing SIMPLi Amaranth episode on Instagram.