Nimitznequi–I love you in Aztec (Nahuatl)
indigenious to the americas. culinarily and culturally important to the native peoples of mexico and the southwest united states. believed to have been wild harvested for centuries before being domesticated around 4,000 BC. extremely important to the aztecs. popular with crafters and natural dyers for it’s magenta colored dye. and yet, with all this storied history, it is still fairly new to me. i swear i don’t live under a rock. i’m northern. that’s my excuse.
hopi red dye amaranth (Amaranthus)