Amaranthus viridis – Famine Foods

Amaranthus viridis


Niger  (Mayahi). Mali (Koutiala) Leaves used primarily as a condiment and in soups.  Protein content = 24%; high values for magnesium, zinc, linolenic and linoleic fatty acids. Sena et al state:  “…while it is uncommon to find a single plant food that scores high in every nutritional category, the leaves of Amaranthus viridis appear to represent an excellent source of essential amino and fatty acids, as well as many of the trace minerals that are critical for growth, development and general good health.” For comprehensive data on nutrient values, see Freiberger et al and Nordeide et al.

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(Hausa) - alayyatho; (Zarma) - chapatti.

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