This summer I grew my first amaranth in our garden. Not only did it grow like a weed, but it was drought tolerant...and beautiful! The small, seed like grain is in the bright burgundy plumes.
Problem is...the finches thought it was pretty special, too. Not sure yet how much we will actually harvest, but best to wait until it frosts, which is probably still a few weeks away here in Northern AZ.
Amaranth can be cooked into porridge, dropped into soups and stews, and popped like popcorn. It can also be ground into a high protein flour for use in gluten free cooking.
Ten Ways to Use Amaranth article...