Heidi of 101 Cookbooks has a few recipes for amaranth flour in her cookbooks, and also features it this five-grain pilaf on her site. Its leave are nutritionally on par with spinach, which is a relative. Any counsel would be great and thanks for this informative page:). The providers of this website accept no liability for the use or misuse of information contained in this website. Leaves are approximately 6.5–15 centimetres (2 ⁄2–6 inches) and of oval or elliptical shape that are either opposite or alternate across s… Hi Patsy, Last had marog as a child west of Rustenburg in 1950′s, Blacks used to pick it wild in the “mielie lande”. Green Deane, This years gardening season is on it’s way out. I’m going to be very disappointed if my 25 plants are all a waste. I can’t find any credible information for or against this, so I might have to carefully experiment myself. Learn how your comment data is processed. ??? They have received plenty of water and sunshine. Allow to cool. Amaranth seed is high in protein, some 16%, contains lysine and methionine, two essential amino acids that are not often found in grain,  and is high in fiber, three times that of wheat. to recommend its use as an edible foodstuff. Let me know if you need them and I can put them in the mail. The amaranth do like the heat. thank you so much. It’s not even mentioned in the 70 year index of the Journal of Economic Botany. Its leaves are sometimes variegated with paler v-shaped markings. Gluten free. But, this year, I have only fed mine three times. A short-lived herbaceous plant growing up to 1 m tall. Young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach, sautéed, etc. The Palmer (Pigweed) variety of amaranth is shutting down entire areas of the south for many crops. The plants emerged from the bags of humus and soil which I bought some time ago (and that probably originated from composted plant material that was gathered from the canals). Sawant [I can’t find Lamb’s Quarters???? The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and is pollinated by Wind. Heaven knows they grow easily in wasteland. Please advise. I recently ate some and my stool is turning the bowl water a red color. Elsewhere it’s used to  treat toothache and fevers or to color maize and quinoa. This summer we have discovered another good use for this weed in our garden. Overview Information Amaranth is a plant. They are too small to sift out, even the worms. Amaranthus spinosus common name is spiny amaranth and it is belong to amaranthaceae family. While we have not eliminated spiny amaranth, we have well established populations now of a couple of edible species which come up spontaneously in our field, in some cases nudging out the spiny amaranth. Variegated. Sure you have the right plant? like spinich, they say thay nitrates that were “locked up” can be released in excess. A book could be written about amaranth, and probably has, if not several. I’m going to collect some seeds when my stuff is ready this year. Amaranthus caudatus known by common names as love-lies-bleeding, pendant amaranth, tassel flower, velvet flower, foxtail amaranth, and quilete.. It brings back many happy memories. OUCH! We are in the Chicago area. Green. Amaranthus spinosus has many medicinal properties like astringent, diaphore… Have you ever noticed amaranth seeds turning stool a red color? In some pastures, fairly beat-up, short spiny pigweed can can you eat all types of amaranth?? Thinking of growing my own, any input would be appreciated Also if you avoid spinach for health reasons you should avoid amaranth. They also need the sun. if any any partners needs to product with me i have readiness well com, My chickens love the amaranth that grows here in The Dalles, OR, i was curious if you every tried to make flour from the seeds and if so what variety, have been making flour from other grains and have not found a lot of sources for armanath. IDENTIFICATION: Annual growing to three to six feet, is frost tender. The leaves have vitamins A and C, iron, fiber, calcium, and manganese. Comments or questions about this site, or for permission to use photos and information, http://www.5-am.de/5am-amaranth-infographic/, http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/amarath_20.html. Amaranthus albus is a ANNUAL growing to 0.7 m (2ft 4in). If harvested in fertilized area or in drought the amaranth can be high in nitrogen. So it’s not bothering me so much now, and as I’ve learned about the free food it may provide me I become even more forgiving. There are no poisonous amaranths. I thought that the ‘pigweed’ was not edible for humans. The leaves can be cooked and eaten like spinach and there are many third-world peoples who depend on it as a food source. Books could be written about amaranth alone. They are in 18″ containers. I meant to say a fifth species of wild amaranth. While watching one of your videos on lamb’s quarters last night, you happened to come across the weed in question, which is curly dock! I have recently discovered this having gotten into the herbs and weeds recently and between my local herbalist and you I have learned so much it’s not even funny. Thank you!! Simmer amaranth in an equal volume of water for 12-15 minutes. If you add some species I’ve seen other people cultivate, it probably goes up to ten. In spite of some wild rumors, all amaranth can be eaten — even glyphosate-resistant Palmer pigweed — with a couple of caveats. Spiny amaranth, sometimes called spiny pigweed, is a troublesome weed of vegetables, row crops, and pasture in warm climates. Feral versions are green, sometimes with red stems, spindly and usually no more than two feet, rarely three. We only need to investigate in which way we can use. I have not see such a tall amaranth plant ever before! Its upright stems are often purplish or reddish in colour. Occasionally, however, only a young maiden would assure good crops. It’s absence from ethnobotanical records and foraging books is a mystery to me. Spiny amaranth, Spiny pigweed, Prickly amaranth or Thorny amaranth Amaranthus Spinosus is the spiky tree growing in the nature h. Photo about agriculture, edible, diet - 173125238 Books could be written about amaranth alone. http://www.5-am.de/5am-amaranth-infographic/. Hi John what part of Florida are you in? And I practice mowing when the plants are flowering, thus reducing their ability to develop seed or re-grow before the end of the season. The seed can also be ground into healthy flour. The seeds of amaranth are a boon for those allergic to grains. Amaranthus spinosus, commonly known as the spiny amaranth, spiny pigweed, prickly amaranth or thorny amaranth, is a plant is native to the tropical Americas, but is present on most continents as an introduced species and sometimes a noxious weed. To my surprise seeds are actually available here in RSA. It has rough, erect stems and grows up to 6 feet tall. In total I frequently see seven, because I cultivate two additional species. Has spread around the world. ..we’re could I get this seeds as soon as possible. I’ve wondered about it, too. I did not notice they used the seeds, but probable they did or continuing using. Grain varieties can be six or seven feet tall. A third is A. spinosus (spin-OH-sus, spiny.) In Nepal the seeds are made in to a gruel. hope you like it! I want to use seeds as a porridge. Amaranth was a staple of pre-Colombian Aztecs, who imbued it with supernatural powers and made it part of their religious ceremonies. The seed, oil, and leaf are used as food. Hi Patsy, we also have that growing wild here in Auzzie, but guess what, i picked quite a bit, removed all the leaves ( took approx 1 hour, whew! ) This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. You can consume them raw, stir-fried, or sauteed. All rights reserved. People often assume that ‘weeds’ are competing with pasture grasses, though the roots of many weeds usually grow far deeper than most domestic grasses & forage plants. Note that some species of amaranth leaves, particularly purple amaranth… Although amaranth seed and flour can be found in health food stores, if you want the greens you have to grow it yourself, or forage for it in season, which fortunately is long. The leaves are edible and nutritious. The stems of young plants are eminently edible as well. Allow to cool. It becomes pretty unpalatable after it gets older. Amaranth is a herbaceous plant or shrub that is either annual or perennial across the genus. A book could be written about amaranth, and probably has, if not several. Pigweed is one of the common names given to a clutch of Amaranth species that crash parties where they are not wanted. There are no poisonous amaranths. They are absolutely devouring the wild amaranth but leaving the cucumbers alone! Species across the genus contain concentric rings of vascular bundles, and fix carbon efficiently with a C4 photosyntheticpathway. Species across the genus contain concentric rings of vascular bundles, and fix carbon efficiently with a C4 photosynthetic pathway. If you have done some research on Amaranthus blitoides and are willing to email me about your findings I’d love to hear from you! Once they found purchase, they grew happily, which made him crazy! Put the amaranth “tabouli” on the lettuce and garnish with olives. Personally, I’m skeptical about amaranth’s supposed saponin content. The idea they shared was as decaying plants nourish living plants, decaying flesh, preferably the enemy’s, would nourish the people. Hello, Amaranthus spinosus (Spiny Amaranth) on 6-24-19, #605-2. After boiling, the leaves can be added to various dishes that call for spinach. Some i mportant pigweed species include; spiny amaranth (A. spinosus), redroot pigweed (A. retroflexus), livid amaranth (A. lividus, A. blitum), smooth pigweed (A. hybridus) and waterhemp (A. rudis). There are some 60 amaranth species, maybe 70 (it depends on who’s counting.) The providers of this website accept no liability for the use or misuse of information contained in this website. Photo credit: Mark Schonbeck, Virginia Association for Biological Farming. The seeds are very high protein and have lysine, fiber, and calcium. So when it populates a section of overrused pasture, it seems to serve a protective function for grass, shielding it from the livestock as it regenerates and providing some cover from the summer sun. Its leave are nutritionally on par with spinach, which is a relative. I think it is called pigweed because pigs love it. Native to the lowland tropics in the Americas, spiny amaranth has spread through tropical and subtropical latitudes around the world (Holm et al., 1991), has become a major weed of rice in the Philippines (Chauhan and Johnson, 2009), and is moving into temperate regions in the United States. The fourth amaranth was a bit of a mystery for a while. A grain, a green, a cultural icon, a religious symbol… amaranth is colorful plant with a colorful history. In Nepal the seeds are made in to a gruel. Actually, I did grow it in a rooftop garden 20 plus yrs. They would mix amaranth flour and human blood then shaped the dough into idols that were eaten in their well-known sacrificial ceremonies. I have a small farm stand and would like to grow Amaranth for its leaves. But it does serve well as a decoy. It is, for instance, troublesome in maize, cassava and groundnut in Ghana, in cotton in Mozambique, and in sugar cane in South Africa. TIME OF YEAR: Spring in to summer for the leaves, summer or fall for seeds, depending upon the climate. The main Amaranthus species eaten in Suriname are A. dubius, A. lividus and, to a lesser extent (because of the spines) A. spinosus. It has some leaves, but mostly flowers?/seeds? Put the amaranth “tabouli” on the lettuce and garnish with olives. Seeds eaten raw or ground into flour. Discoloured. Pigweed, any of several weedy annual plants of the amaranth family (Amaranthaceae).Several pigweed species belong to the genus Amaranthus and are distributed nearly worldwide. The plant’s use declined and was forgotten except in remote villages where it was still raised for food. Scientific studies on anticancer properties of amaranth. Plants produce on average 50,000 seeds each. I have frequently seen livestock eat pigweed, usually just the tender tips. I was expecting a bounty as well as a beauty. I just bought a stalk of red amaranth at a market in Chicago. I have already sowed some and can’t wait for my !st crop. If you want to collect the seeds after they form, take a large, non-porous bag, put it over the top of the plant, gently tip the plant to the side, and shake. As with most plants used for “greens” young and tender leaves are usually best, take them from the top. I realize this post is over a year old and may not receive a reply. Spiny amaranth, sometimes called spiny pigweed, is a troublesome weed of vegetables, row crops, and pasture in warm climates. All of our amaranth ends up looking as if it were shot full of holes with BBs, so much so that we never are able to harvest any perfect leaves unless we catch the plants at 3 inches or less. It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. If you are going to eat amaranth seeds soak them over night in water to reduce their saponin content. The stalk had become a ‘trunk’ which I had to cut down with a handsaw! Both spiny and edible amaranths (Amaranthus spinosus and A. tricolor) are exotic annuals in China that produce numerous small seeds every year. It also has calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, vitamins A, C and E. Spiny amaranth has edible leaves and might be a medicine and sex aid. Thank you for your clarity & your sense of humor. thanks! In marshy areas it grows up to 4 meters high with a very thick stem. The seeds will come loose. They have barely grown or changed since I put them in the ground months ago. 1) It does not seem to inhibit grass growth. Spiny amaranth or spiny pigweed,a herb,vegetable and broad leaf weed in agriculture filed.