on the common amaranth

It is everywhere around here, green amaranth, amaranthus viridis.
It is a declared environmental weed in some places and a prized food in others, see what wikipedia has to say:


Amaranthus viridis is eaten traditionally as a vegetable in South India, especially in Kerala, where it is known as “Kuppacheera”.
In Greece it is called vlita and is one of the varieties of “horta” or greens known in Greek cuisine which are boiled and served with olive oil and lemon.
It is also eaten as a vegetable in parts of Africa. A traditional food plant in Africa, this little-known vegetable has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.
In Jamaica it is eaten as a vegetable and is known locally as callaloo (not to be confused with callaloo of most other countries).
Amaranthus viridis is used as a medicinal herb in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, under the Sanskrit name Tanduliya.

also known as:
English: Slender Amaranth, Green Amaranth, Pakai
Español: Amaranto Verde, Bledo Verde, Bleo, Moco Pavo
Fiji Hindi: Choraiya
Français: Amarante Verte
lea faka-Tonga: tupu?a, longolongo?uha
Português: Caruru

It is one of the subjects for the current project you’re involved in, Wild Stories, which looks at the traditional knowledge inhabiting our surroundings in the form of plants >>

Map from Australia Virtual Herbarium

About info

Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty (www.squatspace.com/redfern) tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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