PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Mat Amaranth

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Amaranthus Blitoides / Amaranthaceae (Palmer Amaranth, Spiny Amaranth, & numerous species)

COMMON NAME(S): mat amaranth, prostrate pigweed, procumbent pigweed, prostrate amaranth, or matweed

CONDITIONS: sun, 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

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small/herb

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/MEDICINE:  Rich in vitamins and minerals, it is used as a spinach(1)

CAUTIONS: Absorbs nitrates, so best to harvest from chemical-free areas.

OTHER USES:

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

OTHER USES:

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses)

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/User/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Amaranthus+blitoides

  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=Amaranthus+Blitoides+

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

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