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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
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)
SOURCE LINKS (includes medicinal info and other uses):
- http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/amarath_20.html (GOOD PHOTOS)