#167 Redroot Pigweed

Redroot Pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus)

14 August

Native to the tropical Americas, but is widespread as an introduced species on most continents in a great number of habitats A. retroflexus‘s common name of “pigweed” is because it grows where hogs are pasture-fed. Eaten as a vegetable in different places of the world. No species of genus Amaranthus is known to be poisonous, but the leaves contain oxalic acid and may contain nitrates if grown in nitrate-rich soils, so the water should be discarded after boiling.

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