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Amaranth Leaves

Here you can learn all about edible Amaranth leaves from fresh green varieties to the red stripe leaf. We'll show you how to cook the leaves of Amaranth and enjoy a delicious amaranth leaf recipe.

Amaranth Leaves are cultivated as a vegetable crop in many countries around the world. Depending on the species, these tender leaves vary widely in color from red and gold to purple and green, often on the same plant. They taste somewhat like sweet spinach - a taste many find pleasing. One Amaranth plant can produce many nutritious leaves and in some varieties, pounds of Amaranth grain in one season.

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How to Cook Amaranth Leaves

Just steam, stir-fry, or sautee them like spinach or eat them fresh in a salad. But avoid reheating them after they are cooked. This could cause their nitrates to convert to nitrites which is associated with an increased risk of certain cancers. Don't be alarmed though, spinach has the same potential problem. Just eat them fresh or cook only what you can eat. Try one of our Amaranth leaf recipes at the bottom of this page and explore the possibilities.

Here is a list of Amaranth plants commonly cultivated for their edible leaves:

  • Green Round Leaf
  • Asia Red
  • Love Lies Bleeding
  • Prince's Feather
  • Red Leaf

  • Green Pointed Leaf
  • White Leaf
  • Bayam
  • All Red
  • Red Stripe Leaf
  • Tender Leaf

Favorite Recipes

Amaranth Leaf Recipe

Ingredients (Serves 6)

  • 6 ounces fresh Amaranth leaves, torn into small pieces

  • 1 cup strawberries, thickly sliced

  • 1 cup blueberries

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped

  • Non-Fat Curry Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 4 teaspoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • Salt, pepper to taste

  • Directions

    Wash and dry leaves. Whip together dressing. Add dressing to leaves and toss lightly. Add berries, onion and almonds. Toss lightly. Serve.

    Substitutions and Additions

    Brown sugar can be substituted for the honey.

    Add some cooked, chopped chicken to turn this side-dish into a main-dish.

    Amaranth and Pasta Shells Recipe

    Ingredients (Serves 8)

  • 1 pound whole wheat pasta shells

  • 10 ounces Amaranth leaves, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 7 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

  • Salt to taste

  • Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, to taste

  • Directions

    Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and reserve.

    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add leaves, garlic, and red pepper flakes; saute for 5 minutes or until the garlic turns light gold. Add cooked pasta and mix well.

    Season with salt and parmesan. Serve.

    Substitutions and Additions

    Consider adding chicken or smoked sausage.

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