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Amaranth


in ancient Rome


Recommended by Pliny for making chaplets(1), Amaranth, Amaranthus hypochondriacus (LINN.), sacred to Ephesian Artemis in ancient Greece, was believed to have special healing properties and was used as s symbol of immortality in decorating images of the gods and tombs.(2)

It is important to remember that only the new world species developed the heavy seed yields of a grain crop. The edible Old World species were used as potherbs.(3)


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footnotes & bibliography

(1) Farrar, Linda Farrar; Ancient Roman Gardens; Sutton; 1998; p206

(2)Amaranths at A Modern Herbal; Mrs. M. Grieve; 1931;

(3)PLB143-Crop of the day: Amaranth; The Asian amaranths