By T. K. Barwood
Amaranth is today’s topic. I like this plant because a lot of people have heard of it, but don’t really know what it is or how to use it. Wild amaranth is usually green with a green to red stem. The stems are weak and only grow 2-3 feet tall.
The most common usage of amaranth is its seeds. It’s a grain used for cereals and snacks and is also gluten free. That makes this seed a great choice for people with gluten allergies. The seeds can also lower LDL and triglycerides. The seeds also contain an antioxidant called squalene, which is said to prevent cancer.
What a lot of people don’t know, is you can use the leaves and flowers of amaranth, too. A tea made from the leaves can help stop diarrhea, remove intestinal parasites, and stop excessive menstruation bleeding. The flowers can be rubbed over a wart and is said to be removed after a few applications.
Amaranth is high in protein and fiber. It’s a super-weed! It contains calcium, iron, potassium and vitamins B1, A, C, and E.
Next time you’re walking around the woods, see if you can spot this super-weed and try to cultivate it to your area. Til next time, love your weeds!!!