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a. Any of various annual plants of the genus Amaranthus having dense green or reddish clusters of tiny flowers and including weeds, ornamentals, and species cultivated for their edible leaves and seeds. Also called pigweed.
b. The small edible seeds of several of these species.
2. An imaginary flower that never fades.
3. A deep reddish purple to dark or grayish, purplish red.
4. A dark red to purple azo dye.

[New Latin Amaranthus, genus name, alteration of Latin amarantus, from Greek amarantos, unfading : a-, not; see a-1 + marainein, to wither; see mer- in Indo-European roots.]


1. poetic an imaginary flower that never fades
2. (Plants) any of numerous tropical and temperate plants of the genus Amaranthus, having tassel-like heads of small green, red, or purple flowers: family Amaranthaceae. See also love-lies-bleeding, tumbleweed, pigweed1
3. (Cookery) a synthetic red food colouring (E123), used in packet soups, cake mixes, etc
[C17: from Latin amarantus, from Greek amarantos unfading, from a-1 + marainein to fade]


(ˈæm əˌrænθ)

1. any plant of the genus Amaranthus, some species of which are cultivated as food and some for their showy flower clusters or foliage.
2. an imaginary flower that never dies.
3. a purplish red, water-soluble powder, C20H11N2O10Na3, used as a dye.
[1545–55; < Latin amarantus, alter. of Greek amáranton unfading flower, n. use of neuter singular of amárantos=a- a-6 + -marantos, v. adj. of maraínein to fade]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amaranth - seed of amaranth plants used as a native cereal in Central and South Americaamaranth - seed of amaranth plants used as a native cereal in Central and South America
caryopsis, grain - dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
2.amaranth - any of various plants of the genus Amaranthus having dense plumes of green or red flowersamaranth - any of various plants of the genus Amaranthus having dense plumes of green or red flowers; often cultivated for food
Amaranthus, genus Amaranthus - large widely distributed genus of chiefly coarse annual herbs
Amaranthus albus, Amaranthus graecizans, tumbleweed - bushy plant of western United States
Amaranthus caudatus, love-lies-bleeding, velvet flower, tassel flower - young leaves widely used as leaf vegetables; seeds used as cereal
Amaranthus cruentus, Amaranthus hybridus erythrostachys, Amaranthus hybridus hypochondriacus, gentleman's-cane, purple amaranth, red amaranth, prince's-feather, prince's-plume - tall showy tropical American annual having hairy stems and long spikes of usually red flowers above leaves deeply flushed with purple; seeds often used as cereal
Amaranthus hypochondriacus, pigweed - leaves sometimes used as potherbs; seeds used as cereal; southern United States to Central America; India and China
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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Over the next few years, his farm could be ready with koshihikari (Japanese rice), buckwheat, black corn, purple corn, rainbow corn, teff (an Ethiopian grain), kiwicha (a Peruvian heirloom variety grain), numerous lentils, spices, exotic flours and cold-pressed oils.
In "LIMA Cookbook: Peruvian Home Cooking" Chef Martinez has compiled a beautifully and profusely illustrated cornucopia of authentic Peruvian cuisine with recipes that range from Batido de Mango y Menta Freca (Mango and Fresh Mint Smoothie); Chonta Asada y Kiwicha (Broiled Hearts of Palm with Amaranth); Ceviche de Salmon aji Amarillo y Cancha (Salmon Ceviche with Yellow Aji and Cancha Corn); and Langostinos con Palta y Limon (Shrimp with Avocado and Lime); to Anticucho de Asado de Tira (Short Rib Anticuchos); Pachamanca de Gallina y Papas (Chicken and Potato Pachamancha); Cerdo con Chicha de Jora (Pork with Chicha de Jora); and Banana Carmelizada con Anis Estrella (Carmelized Banana with Star Anise).
Repo-Carrasco-Valencia R, Pena J, Kallio H, Salminen S (2009) Dietary fiber and other functional components in two varieties of crude and extruded kiwicha (Amaranthus caudatus).
It should also be mentioned that access to a good health food store for ingredients such as tempeh, kiwicha, chia seeds, seitan and more is practically a requirement for using the recipes herein-which might leave out residents in rural areas or smaller towns.
oil in saute pan set over high heat Add kiwicha and cook, stirring,
High protein grains like quinoa, maca and kiwicha are staples in Peruvian kitchens.
En la cordillera predomina la cultura de los tuberculos (papas, ocas, ollucos) y de las gramineas como la quinoa y la kiwicha.
In order to limit the volume of food products that could come into Mexico from Peru, quotas have been established for products made with kiwicha and quinoa, both of which have high nutritional value.
Con el amaranto o kiwicha no sucede lo mismo que con la quinoa, que aunque no sea muy consumida, es conocida y permanece en el recuerdo de las personas adultas: el amaranto, si bien tambien se vende en el mercado y existe una cooperativa de productores que la cultiva y comercializa, tiene muy poca presencia y visibilidad en los pueblos (aunque en realidad no seria desconocido por los pobladores de los cerros, en tanto al verlo en fotografias lo habrian reconocido a traves de su nombre aymara: coi).
Como especies cultivables en esta zona se tiene: cebada, papa, maiz, trigo, habas, oca, kiwicha, quinua, chocho silvestre, capuli, tara, tuna, col, lechuga, calabaza, yacon, mashua, pacae, membrillo, manzana, uvilla, entre otros.
Por ello son relevantes los programas de promociones de agricultura organica de especies nativas andinas, tales como los cultivos organicos de kiwicha (Amaranthus caudatus), maiz morado (Zea mays), quinua (Chenopodium quinoa), yacon (Smallanthussonchifolius), papa (Solanum spp.
La kiwicha Amaranthus caudatus Linnaeus (Amaranthaceae) es una hierba anual domesticada de tallo angular, suculenta, cuya distribucion va desde los andes de Colombia hasta Argentina.