amaranth

Definitions

Food

  • A widely distributed tropical and subtropical plant of the genus Amaranthus, whose leaves are used as a vegetable, supplied fresh or canned. There are two popular types: one is green and mild, and the other is red. It is generally lightly cooked by steaming. A variety of names are used for the local species, i.e. callaloo, bhaji, elephant’s ear, sag, sagaloo, African spinach, Chinese spinach, Indian spinach, and Surinam amaranth.
  • E123, a synthetic yellow food colouring banned in the USA
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