Edible Amaranth Overview
Amaranthus tricolor is an annual or short-lived perennial species in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. It appears on the coat of arms of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where it is called "flowers gentle". This is a C4 -plant, known to be very effective in bonding carbon dioxide and thus producing biomass. Uses include ornamental, medicinal and dyes. It is a popular garden plant for its colourful foliage, leaves are bright shades of red, yellow, orange and green. Flowers are arranged on tassel-like racemes, they are small and non-showy compared to the dramatic foliage. Commercially marketed as Andean or Amaranth Superfood, they are harvested as microgreens or at baby leaf stages as salad leaves and are often described as having a pea like flavour.