Amaranth (Pigweed) Smoothie

There are two things in abundance here in the Delta that no one will argue: The abundance of mosquitoes and pigweed.

Pigweed , or Amaranth, is resistant to herbicides and can grow at breakneck speeds while producing thousands of seeds from one plant.

The Delta’s biggest industry is agriculture and a farmer’s biggest menace seems to be Amaranth/Pigweed.

Not only is pigweed a farmer’s nightmare, but it is a pesky invader in my flower beds.

However, with all my healthy eating, I ran across nutritional information that reveals Pigweed as nutrient dense comparable to spinach and other greens.

 amaranth pigweed
Here’s a side by side comparison of Spinach and Pigweed.
spinach v. pigweed nutritional  value

I was surprised at the comparison and thrilled because we have lots of pigweed.

My usual recipe for a green smoothie is:

  • 8 oz almond milk
  • 8 oz of water
  • 2-3 big hand fulls of kale/spinach stems (or pigweed)…(or a combination of all) fill to top of blender.

pigweed amaranth smoothie in blender

  • Blend the greens until they are liquified. A few seconds.

Then add to blender:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 an apple
  • 1/4 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen mangos
  • 1/4 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 Tbs fresh ginger peeled & coarsely chopped

Coarsely blend for 30 seconds. Then blend on high for 30 seconds or until smooth.

So if you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em.
amaranth pigweed green smoothie


  1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says:

    with a search for pigweed/nutrients, i found your post! wow, great post and great blog!

    i now live in ecuador but grew up in the mississippi delta.. my sister and her husband have a place at lake chicot, and my niece plays tennis .. this is like ‘coming home’ to see your site! niece: karen koen from monticello and now living in little rock (pharmacist)

    hey neighbor, it’s great to have stumbled upon your blog!
    lisa ‘z’

  2. Pam Corcoran says:

    The photo of the plant is not identified correctly. What is pictured is goosefoot, from the same family as spinach, beets, and chard (Chenopodium). Compare it to the picture in the link you provided. Different plant. Both are edible!

  3. don mor says:

    Yeah, I agree with Pam. The picture is of what I have always called lambsquarter. It is a wonderful green when cooked, tastes almost exactly like spinach. Don NE arkansas

  4. Kt says:

    I’ll be the first to admit that I have no idea what pigweed does in humans, and I trust you’ve done plenty of research on it to make sure it’s safe for people to eat. Just be sure not to ever feed it to cattle or pigs; it kills them by sabotaging their kidneys. Do you happen to know if it is safe for people with a history of kidney disease?

    • Delta Moxie says:

      Kt, thanks for your comment. Great points! I’m compiling my research from when I wrote that post,and will expand this answer. From what I recall, I gathered nutritional information from the FDA.

  5. Crystal Fisher says:

    I’ve got quite a bit of Wild Amaranth that’s up. I’ll be collecting seeds if anyone wants any. You’ll just need to send a SASE if Delta Moxie approves of my offer. I’m in Central Texas. I’ve enjoyed a Wild Amaranth Quiche and it’s delicious.

    This plant is on the website along with other edible weeds.


    • Delta Moxie says:


      Sure, you guys share away! Grow your own food! My Amaranth is certainly been chemically treated in the Southeast Arkansas and don’t think anyone would want it. I still need to post a picture of the Amaranth in our area. It really is on my “to do” list.

      I’m going to check out your site, Crystal! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and seeds!

  6. Kathryn says:

    I’m curious what you found. It turns out that pigweed grows wild in Az *and* my neighbors are growing another variant of amaranth in their garden. Since both seem to be growing so well in the full heat of the desert sun, I may look into amaranth as a summer alternative to spinach.

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