PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Amaranth

LATIN NAME / 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

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Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small/herb

COMMENT/CAUTION:  Superfood. 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,
ground into flour, or popped like popcorn. Also 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: 

 

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 

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

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