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While often considered a weed, our common amaranth, Amaranthus palmeri is a native plant that thrives in disturbance and has adapted well to human-altered landscapes.

Amaranth leaves in a strainer
Wild amaranth leaves mixed with a few from cultivated Komo or Hopi Red Dye amaranth.

Use like spinach or quelites, or ensure that leaves are dry, then quickly fry them and add a pinch of salt or Tajin for a crunchy snack! Be careful not to burn them.

The amaranth family includes spinach and many of our local wild foods: Quelites, Tumbleweed, and Kochia.

Amaranth can accumulate nitrates. Don't harvest if artificial fertilizers have been used.

Assassin bug on amaranth flowers
The spiny flowers on female amaranth plant provide home for insects like this baby assassin bug.

Our native species has separate male and female plants. Only males produce allergenic pollen, however females get prickly as they mature.

C4 photosynthesis allows amaranth to grow faster than other plants and with less water.