This weed is a nourishing, high-protein food. Amaranth greens have a slightly sweet flavor. The seeds are used as cereal or can be ground into flour for bread. Found in health food stores.
Although several species are often considered weeds, people around the world value amaranths as leaf vegetables, cereals, and ornamentals.
The ultimate root of “amaranth” is the Greek ἀμάραντος (amarantos) “unfading” with the Greek word for “flower” ἄνθος (anthos) factoring into the word’s development as “amaranth” – the more correct “amarant” is an archaic variant.
Once considered a weed in the U.S., this annual is now acknowledged as a nutritious high-protein food. Amaranth greens have a delicious, slightly sweet flavor and can be used both in cooking and for salads. The seeds are used as cereal or ground into flour for bread.
Season: available year-round