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Amaranthus viridis

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Amaranthus viridis

Category Perennial, Annual, Vegetable
Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Angiospermae
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Family Amaranthaceae
Genus Amaranthus
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About

Amaranthus viridis is a cosmopolitan species in the botanical family Amaranthaceae and is commonly known as Slender Amaranth or Green Amaranth.

Gastronomy

Amaranthus viridis is eaten traditionally as a vegetable in South India, especially in Kerala, where it is known as "Kuppacheera" കുപ്പച്ചീര.

In Greece it is called vlita (βλήτα) 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.[1] 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.[2]

Amaranthus viridis is used as a medicinal herb in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, under the Sanskrit name Tanduliya.[3]

References

  1. Grubben, G.J.H. & Denton, O.A. (2004) Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 2. Vegetables. PROTA Foundation, Wageningen; Backhuys, Leiden; CTA, Wageningen.
  2. National Research Council (2006-10-27). "Amaranth". Lost Crops of Africa: Volume II: Vegetables. Lost Crops of Africa. 2. National Academies Press. ISBN 978-0-309-10333-6. http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11763&page=35. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  3. R.V. Nair, Controversial drug plants

It is also one of the varieties of "horta" or greens known as VLITA in Greek cuisine, boiled and served with olive oil and lemon.

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