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Red Amaranth Greens
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This item was last sold on : 07/12/21
|Fresno Evergreen Farms|
Red Amaranth greens have a teardrop shape and attached to a slender green stem at its broader end. The center of the leaves and veins are a vibrant maroon color with green along the outer edges. The young leaves are slightly astringent when raw. The flavor of cooked Red Amaranth is nutty and mild, similar to that of spinach.
Red Amaranth leaves are available year-round with a peak season in the spring and summer months.
Amaranth is the commonly used name for any one of the 60 different species found in the Amaranthaceae family. The name comes from the Greek amarantos, “one that does not wither," or “the never-fading”, alluding to the brilliant bushy flowers that retain color long after harvest. Often regarded as a common weed, one green variety is named “pigweed”, the plants are commercially cultivated for their edible seeds, leafy greens and decorative blooms. The plants are consumed as a green vegetable primarily in Asian cultures, where they are known as callaloo in the West Indies, chawli leaves in India, and cow pea leaves in Africa. Red Amaranth leaves are more often used for their ornamental purposes or even to make red dye, such as the “Love Lies Bleeding” varietal.