Pigweed

Amaranthus spp.

  • young leaves are edible raw.

  • leaves are suitable as a potherb.

  • seeds can be winnowed, roasted and ground into a flour.

  • varieties in the Pacific Northwest include Smooth pigweed (Amaranthus hybridus) and Redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus).

  • grows in farmer's fields, disturbed sites and wetlands.

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