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Old 01-17-2013, 05:23 PM   #1
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Amaranthus, collectively known as amaranth, is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants. Catkin-like cymes of densely packed flowers are borne in summer or autumn.[1] Approximately 60 species are recognized, with inflorescences and foliage ranging from purple and red to green or gold. Members of this genus share many characteristics and uses with members of the closely related genus Celosia.

Although several species are often considered weeds, people around the world value amaranths as leaf vegetables, cereals, and ornamentals...
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:24 PM   #2
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Amaranthus L.
pigweed

Symbol: AMARA
Group: Dicot
Family: Amaranthaceae
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Growth Habit:
Native Status: None

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PLANTS Profile for Amaranthus (pigweed) | USDA PLANTS
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Well, the distribution maps pretty much covers it all.

60 species is a lot of different specifies. this pig weed amaranth is not the stuff that can be eaten like Quinoa though, right?
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this pig weed amaranth is not the stuff that can be eaten like Quinoa though, right?
According the Peterson field guide, the seeds of any Amaranthus species can be ground for flour, and the tender leaves are edible raw or cooked. Presumably, the seeds could be cooked and eaten like the grain Teff.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:21 PM   #5
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No Kidding!
Pigweed!
Well that is really neat!
Thank you benj1 for that information
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