Why Mexican Chefs, Farmers And Activists Are Reviving The Ancient Grain Amaranth

Close-up of tzoallis being made during a summer nutrition workshop held by Puente a la Salud, a group based in Oaxaca, Mexico, that is helping to push an amaranth comeback. An ancient Aztec staple, tzoallis are made of amaranth and corn flour, agave honey and amaranth cereal.

The nutritious indigenous plant is part of a movement to revive native crops and cuisines — and a means of restoring the health and economy of Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s poorest states.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Puente a la Salud Comunitaria )