Amaranthus blitum

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Amaranthus blitum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Amaranthus
Species: A. blitum
Binomial name
Amaranthus blitum

Amaranthus blitum, commonly called purple amaranth is an annual plant species in economically important plant family Amaranthaceae.

Native to the Mediterranean region, it is naturalized in other parts of the world, including much of eastern North America.[1] Although weedy, it is eaten in many parts of the world.[2] The Greeks call the Amaranthus blitum var. silvestre, vlita (Greek: βλίτα), and eat the leaves and the tender shoots cooked in steam or boiled and then served with olive oil, lemon and salt.


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  2. ^ Grubben, G.J.H. & Denton, O.A. (2004) Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 2. Vegetables. PROTA Foundation, Wageningen; Backhuys, Leiden; CTA, Wageningen.

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