Amaranth Harvest!

Yesterday Mrs. Tagwira, one of our first MPH graduates (and also wife of our Vice-Chancellor,) invited me to see her Amaranth research site. The Amaranth seed is highly nutritious, and she has been growing it at her home for several years. This year she received a research grant to grow test fields of it here. She hopes that her work will result in Amaranth being adopted widely as a crop in Zimbabwe, just as the Aztecs used it centuries ago in Central and South America. I hope her work yields great dividends because Amaranth has great promise as a wonderful source of nutrition in Africa.

Below is a picture of Mrs. Tagwira showing me her test field of Amaranth, plus pictures of harvesting a few heads of seed, and then separating seed from weeds and chaff with a screen sieve.

Field of Amaranth

Field of Amaranth

Harvesting the Seeds

Harvesting the Seeds

Separating seeds from weeds

Separating seeds from weeds

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