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Kate Maath / काटे माठ / Spiny Amaranth / Amaranthus spinosus

Local Name: Kate Maath / काटे माठ

Common Name: Spiny Amaranth

Botanical Name: Amaranthus spinosus

Kate Maath / काटे माठ / Spiny Amaranth / 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 applied to wounds and skin diseases; leaf paste applied to reduce burning sensation caused by herpes; root paste is eaten with honey to control vomiting.


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