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Loves-lies-bleeding

Amaranthus alopecurus

Amaranthus alopecurus

Loves-lies-bleeding, foxtail amranth or kiwicha, the widely cultivated species Amaranthus caudatus have many names. It is not only a well-looking garden plant (can be grown from seeds), but also quite edible and used in many traditional South American dishes. Together with some closely related species it was one of the sacred plants of the Aztecs. The seeds are rich in highly valuable proteins (and high in lysine). The bright red colour stem from betacyanins.

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