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Amaranthus retroflexus full1.jpg Redroot pigweed root

 

NAME: Amaranth

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Amaranthus Palmeri / Amaranthaceae

COMMON NAME(S):  Palmer Amaranth, pigweed

CONDITIONS:  sun/shade

 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW / COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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spinach

RAW / COOK

Late Spring-Fall

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

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nutty

RAW / COOK

Summer/Fall

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 
PORTION: small/herb

 

COMMENT:  Superfood. Delicious cooked leaves. Place leaves in boiling water and remove from stove to sit for 20 minutes, leaving the lid off. Should be thoroughly cooked, but retain green color.  Seeds can be eaten raw, roasted,  ground into flour, or popped like popcorn.

 

CAUTION: Always go slow with any plant in case you are allergic or sensitive to it. //  Although PFAF says that the stalk is edible, the stalk contains too much fiber for smooth digestion and can result in hard bulky stools. Also, Amaranth contains oxalic acid, to minimize, boil with lid off.

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: 

o   http://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-amaranth000000000000000000000.html

o   http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2303/2

o   https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-869/amaranth   The leaves, stems and seeds of Palmer amaranth are edible and highly nutritious. The leaves are cooked as a spinach. The seed is also cooked and then used with cereal flours in porridge and breads. (1)      

 

LOOK-A-LIKES / RELATED:  mat and spiny amaranths

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: deadly nightshade https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atropa_belladonna

 

OTHER USES: Yellow and green dyes can be obtained from the whole plant (1)
http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/a/amaranthus-palmeri=careless-weed.php

 

SOURCE LINKS (includes medicinal info and other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Amaranthus+palmeri 

  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/amaranth-grain-vegetable-icon and http://www.eattheweeds.com/palmer-amaranth

  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranthus_palmeri

  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/amarath_20.html (GOOD PHOTOS)

  5. https://www.organicauthority.com/energetic-health/goodbye-kale-7-reasons-why-amaranth-leaves-are-the-next-super-green

  6. https://joshfecteau.com/edible-farm-weeds-red-rooted-amaranth

  7. https://foragerchef.com/common-amaranth-amaranthus-retroflexus-friends (recipe)

  8. https://www.ediblelongisland.com/2013/08/08/foraging-for-amaranth-eat-like-a-greek (recipe)

  9. https://www.healingtomato.com/what-is-amaranth

  10. https://www.foodandwine.com/grains/amaranth/amaranth-recipes

  11. https://www.oola.com/life-in-flavor/2475972/must-try-amaranth-recipes

  12. https://gourmandelle.com/amaranth-patties-chiftelute-de-amaranth

  13. https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/tabbouleh-style-amaranth-salad