A plant of the amaranth family, with brightly colored flowers and leaves that are edible and high in protein and minerals.
Late 16th century, from latin amarantus, from greek amarantos (unfading), from a- (not) + marainein (to fade).
- Amaranth leaves are used in many traditional dishes.
- The amaranth plant is drought-tolerant, making it a popular crop in arid regions.
- Amaranth is a good source of protein, iron and other minerals.
- The amaranth flowers are usually bright red, pink, or purple.
- Amaranth seeds are used to make flour and other products.