Green amaranth as food


Amaranthus viridis is eaten traditionally as a vegetable in South India, especially in Kerala, where it is known as “Kuppacheera”.
In Greece it is called vlita and is one of the varieties of “horta” or greens known in Greek cuisine which are boiled and served with olive oil and lemon.
It is also eaten as a vegetable in parts of Africa. A traditional food plant in Africa, this little-known vegetable has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.
In Jamaica it is eaten as a vegetable and is known locally as callaloo (not to be confused with callaloo of most other countries).
Amaranthus viridis is used as a medicinal herb in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, under the Sanskrit name Tanduliya.

also known as:
English: Slender Amaranth, Green Amaranth, Pakai
Español: Amaranto Verde, Bledo Verde, Bleo, Moco Pavo
Fiji Hindi: Choraiya
Français: Amarante Verte
lea faka-Tonga: tupu?a, longolongo?uha
Português: Caruru


3 responses to “Green amaranth as food

  1. We used to eat Amaranth in Austin, TX where it is cultivated by Boggy Creek farm, the urban farm where I shopped every week.. and it also grew wild and I collected it when I saw it in my yard… Does it grow wild in Sydney, does anyone sell it?

  2. Pingback: Amaranth (Amaranthus spp.): the perfect weed « The Forager's Year

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