Amaranth or Amaranth grain is a small seed that is produced from Amaranth herbs and has the potential for far reaching changes in many parts of the world. According to the National Academies Press, “this vegetable has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development, and support sustainable landcare.” Amaranth is a virtuously unused food stuff that has several distinct advantages, including producing high yields, being easily harvested, thriving in arid environments, and containing a number of important components of a healthy body including protein, amino acids (especially Lysine), fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and especially manganese. These health components are especially important to parts of the world where diseases plague the inhabitants, thriving on weak immune systems.
Because one of the most common ways of preparing Amaranth for consumption is popping it like popcorn and because the popping procedure is believed by many to make the Amaranth more digestible, our team has decided to design an Amaranth popper. Our popper will be full scale and have intended uses in small rural communities where personal or small groups could readily use a machine capable of popping their Amaranth crop. The machine will be power by propane, the most common fuel source in many rural African locations and we will tailor the popper to Kenya, the country with the most current need, but will leave it functional for all locations that could need it. We hope that by making Amaranth that much easier for peoples in rural areas to pop their Amaranth crops, we hope to not only make life easier for Amaranth farmers, but to also make Amaranth an even better prospect for farmers who are considering growing it.