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NAME: Spiny Amaranth

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Amaranthus Spinosus / Amaranthaceae

COMMON NAME(S): spiny amaranth, spiny pigweed, prickly amaranth or thorny amaranth

NATIVE OR NON-NATIVE:  native

CONDITIONS:  sun, lawns, farm fields, urban areas

 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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like spinach

RAW/COOK

Summer/Fall

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

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RAW/COOK

Summer/Fall

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

CAUTION: Contains oxalic acid, to minimize, boil with lid off.

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Grains supply protein, calories, and minerals. Leaves vitamins A & C along with minerals calcium, iron, and phosphorous, and also fiber. (Foraging Texas) Antidote;  Astringent;  Diaphoretic;  Emmenagogue;  Emollient;  Febrifuge;  VD. (1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:

 

SOURCE LINKS (includes medicinal info and other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Amaranthus+spinosus
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=Amaranthus+Blitoides+
  3. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/amarath_20.html (GOOD PHOTOS)
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranthus_spinosus