Veda Maath / वेद माठ / Slender Amaranth / Amaranthus viridus

Other Names

  • Local Name: Veda Maath / वेद माठ
  • Common Name: Slender Amaranth
  • Botanical Name: Amaranthus viridus

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Shrub
  • Occurrence: Barren land, farm bunds
  • Season of Availability: Year-round
  • Geography: Warm regions of the world: tropics, subtropics, and temperate
  • Method of Propagation: Seed and vegetative propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds and Stem cuttings

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Roots, stem, leaves, seeds
  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No
  • Ripe: N/A
  • Both Raw & Ripe: N/A
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A
  • As Food: Leaves are cooked as vegetable
  • As Medicine: Anti-Infammatory for urinary infections. Poultices of leaves are used to treat inflammation. Antidote against snake bites
  • Cooking Method: Leaves can be cooked, boiled, and drained with or without salt.
  • Preservation / Curing Technique: A cooler made from brick, sand, a water tank, water lines and fiber can be made for long-term storage
  • Does Require Another Plants to be cooked together: No
  • Souring Agents Required: N/A

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: High in protein
  • Medicinal Benefit: Antidote against snakebite. Anti-inflammatory action against urinary infections

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Stems, leaves, and roots are used as a liver tonic.
    A decoction of the roots is used to relieve piles, diarrhea, pain, and inflammation.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Maath Bhaji:
    Add oil, mustard seeds, garlic, onion, salt and chili powder to a kadai. Then add chopped maath leaves

Veda Maath / वेद माठ / Slender Amaranth / Amaranthus viridus