Amaranth is also known as pigweed and approx. 60 species are identified
with inflorescences and foliage ranging from purple and red to gold.
Grain amaranth is a basic traditional food plant in Africa which is taken to improve nutrition and boost food security.
Amaranth grain is an important crop in Himalaya, one of the staple food in Incas and known food in Andes which is known as kiwicha here.
Its most species are cultivated in most parts of the world and consumed as a leafy vegetable.