Amaranth (Amaranth spp.) is a fast growing wild or semi-cultivated annual plant from the Amaranthaceae family. Many species of the plant exist. Leaves and tender shoots are popularly used as traditional vegetable relish throughout Zambia. In some countries, amaranth seed is valued for its high protein content, offering considerable potential where malnutrition is endemic. Amaranth greens are a rich source of Vitamin A, calcium, iron and other minerals. The plant reaches a height of up to two meters. Most amaranth in Zambia is semi-cultivated, although cultivated types and varieties are available. Like most vegetables, Amaranth can be planted throughout the country.