Adaptive Seeds

Amaranth, Rio San Lorenzo (Organic)

$3.25$36.00

Amaranthus sp. Grain. 45 days leaf; 100 grain.

We chose this variety because of its beautiful marbled seed heads of pink-red and yellow-gold. They are gorgeous and seem to shimmer. Leaves can also be eaten raw when young or cooked like spinach when more mature. Vigorous plants grow to 8′ here in the Willamette Valley. Seed threshes easily from plants and does not shatter if harvested on time. Harvest for grain when a seed feels hard when you bite on it, as opposed to doughy. Be sure to get it before the birds! A traditional grain amaranth from Durango,
Mexico.

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Sow in pots indoors in April for planting out in May, or direct sow after danger of frost. Space or thin to 12–18 in.

Seed Saving

Harvest for grain when seeds rub off easily in your hand, but before seedhead is crispy dry. Hang over a tarp to dry for several days, then dance, rub, or flail seeds from seedheads. Winnow to clean or place seeds in a bowl and make stirring motion with your arm; chaff rises to the top for easy removal. Isolate from other amaranths by 1/4 mile.

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