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English Name
Pigweed; redroot amaranth; redroot pigweed
Scientific Name
Amaranthus retroflexus
Arabic Name
قطيفة
Transliteration
Katayfa
Description
Warm season annual that reproduces solely by seed, usually 2 to 4 feet tall, its flowers are green and form terminal and axillary panicle like spikes, and its leaves are alternate, simple, with distinct venation pinnately from midrib *see picture
Seasonality
Summer
Locality
"Bweida Altitude: 659 Latitude North: N 34°26'02.3"" Latitude East:E 036°25'03.2"" Collector: Antoun Maacaroun Date: 5/27/2005"
Habitat
Grows in gardens amongst cultivated plants or as a weed in greenhouses -- Cannot grow in the shade, and requires a well-drained but moist soil **Worldwide spread
Medical Properties
Fortifies the blood - Treatment of constipation - Beneficial for health and the whole body - High in vitamins - Increases Hb in blood - Treats inflammation - Treats stomach aches
Edible Portions
Leaves and seeds
MOC
Leaves and seeds Young leaves are eaten raw or cooked; they can be dried and consumed like mouloukhieh; the seeds can be eaten raw or cooked; they can also be sprouted and added to salads. The seeds are very small but easy to harvest and very nutritious *see recipes
Family
Amaranthaceae
Compounds
Therapeutic Uses
recipes
Pigweed with onion
 
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