Upright plant with broad red leaved foliage for culinary use, member of the Amaranth family. Young leaves have a sweet and slightly tangy spinach flavor. Use like spinach in soups, salads, meat or fish dishes. Grown in greenhouses in Europe. In Africa, it is usually cooked as a leafy vegetable. It is usually steamed as a side dish in China and Japan. It is such a unique plant, it is at it's best in the hottest part of the summer. Also known as Joseph's-coat, Fountain Plant, Tampala and Summer Poinsettia. Tags: Color: Red, Specialty: Drought Tolerant, Specialty: Heat Tolerant.
Amaranthus tricolor is an ornamental plant known as Tandaljo or Tandalja bhaji in India, callaloo in the Caribbean and Joseph's coat after the Biblical figure Joseph, who is said to have worn a coat of many colors. Although it is native to South America, many varieties of amaranth can be found across the world in a myriad of different climates due to it being a C4 carbon fixation plant, which allows it to convert carbon dioxide into biomass at an extremely efficient rate when compared to other plants. Delicious Chinese spinach recipes