Gomphrena globosa, commonly known as Globe Amaranth, originated in tropical climates but is now grown around the world due to its strong ability to adapt. It is popular not only for its colour and fragrance, but also for its perceived health benefits in many folk medicines.
HOW DOES IT TASTE?
This flower balances a pleasant combination of floral and earthy aromas, without being ‘perfumey’. Infusions of Globe Amaranth are a vibrant magenta colour, with notes of beetroot and even mushroom. The flavour is vegetal and mildly sweet, with a more mellow finish than our Strawberry Fields Globe Amaranth.
GOOD IF YOU ARE FEELING
Under pressure. Globe Amaranth has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and can ease a sore throat, congestion, and that nagging headache. A natural relaxant, it may lower blood pressure and help you sleep a little easier.
HOW IT IS MADE
Organically cultivated plants originate in our nursery and are selected from the best adapted cultivars. Harvesting is done by hand near the flowering stage of the plant cycle (when essential oil concentration is higher). Leaves are dried at low temperatures, never exceeding 25ºC. The best leaves are selected by hand.
HOW TO PREPARE
Combine 2 tablespoons of Globe Amaranth flowers with 1 litre of 85°C water in your vessel of choice (tea strainer, tea pot, or even right into the mug). Let the flowers steep for 4-6 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea. We recommend a shorter infusion time to avoid bitter flavours.
Infusions of Globe Amaranth are popular amongst singers, and other people who use their voice a lot, for their anti-inflammatory properties. They can relieve symptoms of a sore throat, chest congestion, cough, and soothe strained vocal cords. Globe Amaranth has relaxing qualities and may also help with headaches, digestive issues, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Flowers of Globe Amaranth are not typical cooking ingredients but have a beautiful appearance that can enhance the look of a dish. Try using them as decorations for your favourite pastries, or even as a natural food colouring.