The thorn weevil is scientifically known as Amaranthus viridis L, a plant of the Amarantaceae family.

It is popularly known as Common Hornbeam, Amaranto, Mancha Hornbill, Purple Hornbill, Pig Hornbill, Thorn Hornbill, Bredo-de-Horn, Bredo-red, Bredo-de-Espinho and Bredo.

The leaves and flowers of the thorn weevil are used as ingredients in a beneficial tea. The drink has diuretic properties, soothes coughs and pharyngeal irritations and is a natural laxative.


The thorn weevil tea is indicated for people who suffer from rebellious coughing problems, respiratory problems, decrease or suppression of urinary secretion, inflammation of the bladder mucosa and intestinal constipation. The leaves can also be consumed  fresh. The plant has lactigenous properties, is rich in iron, potassium, calcium and vitamins A, B1, B2 and C.


After being cooked and drained, they are used in sauces, pies, pastries, pancakes, among other recipes. Thorn weevil seeds are also used to make bread, toast and other pasta.


But the leaves in food form should not be used continuously as there may be some side effects if this occurs. Children, elderly and people who suffer from serious problems in the urinary tract, should consume thorn weevil tea only under medical prescription.

thorn weevil tea


  • 1 tablespoon of dried thorn weevil leaves;
  • 200 ml of water.

preparation mode

Bring the water to a boil and add to leaves. When the water has reached boil, turn off the heat and smother the container for about 10 minutes. Consume the drink.