Amaranthaceae Amaranthus tricolor L.Source: Magness et al. 1971
Several species of Amaranthus are cultivated in Southwest Asia and to a limited extent by Chinese gardeners in the U.S. Plants are annuals, grown from seed, and leaves and young stems are used as pot herbs. Mature plants are 1 to 3 feet tall, with leaves 6 inches long. For use as pot herbs, young plants may be pulled at 3 to 4 weeks; or the tops may be cut off at that stage, and a second crop will be produced from lateral growth. Plant growth and parts used are similar to spinach.
Production in U.S.: No data. Mainly by Oriental gardeners for Chinese users.
Use: Cooked as a pot herb.
Part of plant consumed: Young stems and leaves.