Is this pigweed or amaranth?

Asked September 28, 2015, 10:04 PM EDT

Is pigweed the same as amaranth? We have something in our garden and would like to send a picture to identify it before we eat it. Thanks!

Boone County Kentucky

1 Response

Never eat anything from the wild unless it has been positively identified. You will need to bring an actual sample of the weed to one of the Cooperative Extension offices for positive identification. Also, never eat anything wild unless you know it has not been sprayed. In addition, many weeds are only edible when they are very small. Some weeds become poisonous with age and maturity.

Some species of Amaranthus are also known as pigweed.