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Callaloo, depending on the species, varies in size from small, low to the ground, to larger up to 1-3 meters in height. The oval to diamond-shaped leaves develop in alternating patterns, ranging in color from green to maroon, and have a rounded tip with prominent veins branching across the surface. The leaves are also broad, flat, and pliable, sometimes appearing smooth while other species are covered in fine hairs, and connect into slender, green stems that become thicker at the base. On top of the plant, green flowers form in compact clusters, eventually giving way to small black or dark red seeds. The entire plant is edible, including the leaves, seeds, flowers, and stems. Pigweed leaves have a green and slightly astringent-sweet flavor with a semi-coarse texture.

In the tropics, Callaloo is available year-round, with a peak season in the late spring through fall. We have it in the can aswell.

Current Facts
Callaloo, also known as Amaranth, is a general descriptor used for a broad category of plants that are members of the genus Amaranthus and also belong to the Amaranthaceae family. There are hundreds of species of Pigweed across the world, all varying slightly in size, shape, and color, and range from growing wild to being domesticated for culinary and ornamental use. Pigweed is a prolific plant that is exceptionally resilient, often earning it the title of a weed, and a single plant can develop over one-hundred thousand seeds making it a difficult species to contain. Pigweed also favors disturbed soils and is considered a common weed to find in commercial vegetable fields, competing for nutrients and disrupting other plant growth. Despite its aggressive growth habits, Pigweed is valued in countries such as Africa, Greece, Mexico, China, and India for its nutritional seeds and leaves, and is often consumed as a spinach-like side dish. The most common varieties of Pigweed include Redroot Pigweed, Smooth Pigweed, Prostrate Pigweed, Palmer Amaranth, and Tumble Pigweed.

Nutritional Value
Pigweed leaves are a good source of vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, fiber, folate, and niacin.


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