from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various annuals of the genus Amaranthus having dense green or reddish clusters of tiny flowers and including several weeds, ornamentals, and food plants. Also called pigweed.
- n. An imaginary flower that never fades.
- n. A deep reddish purple to dark or grayish, purplish red.
- n. A dark red to purple azo dye.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various herbs, of the genus Amaranthus.
- n. Their flowers' characteristic purplish red color; a red to purple azo dye used as a food colouring and in cosmetics.
- n. The seed of these plants, used as a cereal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An imaginary flower supposed never to fade.
- n. A genus of ornamental annual plants (Amaranthus) of many species, with green, purplish, or crimson flowers.
- n. A color inclining to purple.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An imaginary flower supposed never to fade: used chiefly in poetry.
- n. A plant of the genus Amarantus (which see). The globe-amaranth, Gomphrena globosa, of the same natural order.
- n. A name given to mixtures of coloring matters of which the chief constituent is magenta (which see).
- n. Same as purple heart.
- n. An acid dyestuff, of the monoazo type, which dyes wool and silk a pure bluish red that is moderately fast to light and milling. It is known by various other names, as azo acid-rubine, Bordeaux S, and fast red.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. seed of amaranth plants used as a native cereal in Central and South America
- n. any of various plants of the genus Amaranthus having dense plumes of green or red flowers; often cultivated for food
Current interest in amaranth, while well-deserved, gives no indication of the cultural conflict it once caused during the sometimes painful birth of a new nation.
Now widely sold in health food stores and supermarkets north of the border, amaranth is also available on the Internet (see Sources, below.)
Thankfully, nutritious amaranth is now cultivated for its seeds, used in candy and cereal.
Alegrías, whose name is derived from the Spanish word for "happy", are made from the highly nutritious, ancient grain amaranth.
The spinachlike green called amaranth is delicious in salads and looks beautiful in the garden with its wide, maroon-tinged leaves.
I have already blogged three recipes using chauli aka amaranth greens,
In partnership with Urban Harvest, the farmers are not only growing food to eat and sell but, perhaps surprisingly, also becoming suppliers of seed of traditional leafy African vegetables such as amaranth, spider plant and African nightshade for the commercial vegetable rural farmers who supply the Nairobi city with these high-demand commodities.
Also, too many families are still serving white rice instead of the more nutritious brown basmati rice, or serving rice with various stuffed vegetables instead of serving other whole grains such as amaranth, quinoa, tiff, millet, whole oat groats, buckwheat (not a type of wheat), or barley, if they are not sensitive to grains or have celiac disease.
In other words, farmers don't have access to a reliable source of seed for indigenous vegetables, such as amaranth, spider plant, cowpea, okra, moringa, and other crops.
If you've answered "amaranth" to all of the above, congratulations.
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