About the crop
Amaranth is one among the commercially important leafy vegetables grown in Kerala.
It is a rich source of calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C. It is an annual, fast
growing plant, and is easily cultivated in gardens and fields. It can be grown throughout
Amaranth has its origin in India, Central and South America, and South East Asia.
Approximately 50-60 species of Amaranthus are found in India alone.
A. tricolor is commonly grown in South and Southeast Asia, A. cruentus
in Africa, and A. dubius in the Caribbean area. Other common
species are A. viridis, A. hypochondriacus, and A. gangeticus.