You will never catch me saying in public that I like to eat pigweed. Not even in private. I don’t even think it in private.
|Burgundy Amaranth seedlings|
Amaranth. The word just rolls off the tongue. It evokes sundrenched climes, pungent spices, complicated and subtle cuisines. Mmm.
By an astonishing coincidence, the Latin name for our local, native pigweed is Amaranthus retroflexus, otherwise known as redroot amaranth. (Bet you saw that coming from a long way off, didn’t you, gentle reader?) It flourishes in vacant lots and disturbed places and incites people to roll their eyes and make irritated sounds if it grows in their neighbors’ yards.
|Tiger-Eye Amaranth seedlings|