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Kate Maath / काटे माठ / Spiny Amaranth / Amaranthus spinosus

Other Names

  • Local Name: Kate Maath / काटे माठ
  • Common Name: Spiny Amaranth
  • Botanical Name: Amaranthus spinosus

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Herb
  • Occurrence: Roadsides, waste places and fields
  • Season of Availability: Summer months
  • Geography: Tropical America
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Leaves
  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes
  • Ripe: Yes
  • Both Raw & Ripe: Yes
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A
  • As Food: Leaves and stems cooked as a vegetable; seeds cooked.
  • As Medicine: Plant part paste used to relieve vomiting, wounds, and burning sensation due to herpes.
  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: N/A
  • Boiling Before Cooking: N/A
  • Pickling: N/A
  • Brining: N/A
  • Fermenting: N/A
  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A
  • Overall Method: Use leaves and stems as a vegetable; cooked seeds may be eaten and cooked whole.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Rich in calories and protein.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps relieve skin issues; helps relieve vomiting and burning sensation caused by herpes.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Root paste is applied to wounds and skin diseases; leaf paste is applied to reduce the burning sensation caused by herpes; root paste is eaten with honey to control vomiting.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Leaves have a high protein content, so are a good meat alternative.

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Kate Maath / काटे माठ / Spiny Amaranth / Amaranthus spinosus

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