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Old 07-23-2011, 12:59 PM   #1
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Amaranth Leaves (aka Red Spinach)

Amaranth leaves, aka Red Spinach, aka African Spinach, aka Lin Choi. It seems to go by many names. I've never had it, but bought a HUGE bunch of it at the Farmers Market this morning.

Now what the heck do I do with it?

I'm thinking of a simple stir fry with olive oil and garlic, but if you've ever used it and have a favorite way to prepare it, please share...

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Old 07-23-2011, 01:10 PM   #2
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I love amaranth! It's bloody delicious lol!
We call it morogo.
Either boil it with chopped onion and a bit of potato then mash with butter salt and pepper
or Fry an onion with some fresh chopped tomato and the amaranth. Season with salt, pepper and some paprika and a hint of chilli.
We often just eat it with pap. Make little balls of pap with your fingers and scoop up some of the morogo lol! Love it :)
You can use amaranth just as you would spinach, just not raw in salad the taste is too strong.
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Excellent. Thank you Snip.

Always on the lookout for something new.
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:54 PM   #4
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Pleasure! Hope you like it :) Always nice nice to find a new food!
We pick our morogo in the veld but I have started growing it in my garden.
We also use beetroot leaves as a spinach and cooked young healthy hubbard squash skins with potato and onion like we do the morogo :)
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Old 07-23-2011, 02:57 PM   #5
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Wow, thanks Snip!! I have red amaranth growing all over my garden and I never knew what to do with it. Any other recipes????
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Wow, thanks Snip!! I have red amaranth growing all over my garden and I never knew what to do with it. Any other recipes????
Pleasure is all mine :) Nice to hear about something I can help with!

1. Fry one large onion in a mix of light olive oil and butter till soft but not coloured, add one good teaspoon of curry paste (indian orange paste not green or red thai paste), cook for 2mins, add a big bunch of chopped amaranth and a handful of skinned unsalted peanuts. Cook till tender and stir in about 2 tbs of cream.

2. Saute amaranth with butter and garlic, add some cubes of feta cheese. Season with black pepper and salt if needed. Fill a few crepes with this mixture and pack into an oven proof dish, cover with a thick bechemel, top with grated cheese and grill till golden. Serve with fresh green salad.

3. Cook a large bunch of chopped amaranth with 1 potato and 1 onion chopped. Mash with a fork, season with aromat and cracked pepper and stir in a heaped tsp of peanut butter (this is a african traditional recipe)

4. Saute one large onion, one bunch of amaranth with one bunch of chopped
beetroot leaves in olive oil till tender. Season with salt, pepper and a dash of cayenne powder and a good squeeze of lemon juice. This dish is best served with grilled fish and fluffy rice.
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5. Stir fry amaranth with julienned red bell peppers, carrot and finely sliced onion and ripe red firm tomatoes. Add some chopped spicy sausages, season well and serve with couscous or rice.
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5. Stir fry amaranth with julienned red bell peppers, carrot and finely sliced onion and ripe red firm tomatoes. Add some chopped spicy sausages, season well and serve with couscous or rice.
Hmmmm I have green peppers and sweet peppers and tomatoes in the garden too... I think this may be dinner one night next week.
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Hmmmm I have green peppers and sweet peppers and tomatoes in the garden too... I think this may be dinner one night next week.
You can add green pepper too, I just leave it out since I get terrible stomach ache from green peppers but not the red, yellow or orange.
I just look at a green pepper and bloat like a blimp
And try and go to an African restaurant, there is green pepper in bloody everything!

I am actually trying to grow a moringa tree now, we use the leaves for spinach too and it's a all round medicinal plant.
I'm going through a herb and edible weed phase at the moment (it's only lasted about 12 years so far) so let me go before I bore you to tears
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Old 07-23-2011, 05:16 PM   #10
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I planted amaranth 5 or 6 years ago just because I thought it was a great looking plant. I have not had to plant it again, it keeps coming back every year on it's own.
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