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Amaranthaceae, Celosia argentea, Quail Grass

March 5, 2008

Considered to be one of the most attractive of all vegetable crops, celosia is used as an ornamental almost everywhere on earth. But few of its millions of admirers know that it is a common item of human diets in parts of tropical Africa. The fresh young leaves, young stems, and young flower spikes are used to produce a tasty and nutritious “soup” that is daily fare in areas throughout West Africa. Productive and easy to grow, the plant could become a much greater contributor to malnutrition and general human welfare equatorial regions of the world.

Leaves are high in Vitamin A, C, and Calcium. The calcium, however, is not available because its tied up in oxalic acid.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. rich permalink
    August 31, 2011 10:08:39 pm

    I’m growing some in my garden. Can’t wait to see how it tastes.

    • May 3, 2013 10:08:26 pm

      I’d recommend lightly boiling the new leaf tips for about 8 minutes, or sauteing them in olive oil with other greens. They’re great. Super drought tolerant, and they grow in a range of climates. I’ve seen it growing in Panama, Vietnam, New York, Gabon and Mexico. They’re sold in big bunches in Vietnam.

  2. Donna permalink
    May 3, 2013 10:08:51 pm

    I live in Miami, where can I find seeds or plants?

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