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Related to amaranthus retroflexus: Amaranthus hybridus
Many varieties found all over the world. Super nutritious and healthy. Whole plant is edible. Can be eaten raw or steamed. Better tasting than spinach. Has greenish, sometimes purplish colored flowers, red stem. Seeds are a world famous grain and food supply used by the Aztecs. Can be made into flour, or put into smoothies etc. Amaranth seed is high in protein, especially lysine and methionine, two essential amino acids that are not often found in grain. Very hardy plant, difficult to kill. An awesome food source. Used for stomach flu, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, excessive menstruation. Seeds better if soaked overnight. Roots can be roasted or boiled as potato alternative. Do not consume if pregnant or lactating. Toxic lookalike- hairy nightshade, whose leaves look the same but stem is hairy and has white nightshade flower.
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