Adaptive Seeds

Amaranth, Miriah Leaf (Organic)

$3.25$12.00

Amaranthus tricolor. Leaf/Greens. 25-50 days.

A beautiful red-veined green leaf amaranth for salad and cooking. Leaf backs are all red, adding unique color to salad. A heat tolerant spinach substitute that is popular in Asia and Latin America. Also good cooked or pickled. A few years ago I tasted a kimchi made from amaranth leaf and it was very good! This type of amaranth is sometimes called Callaloo in the Caribbean where it is used to make a popular dish of the same name. We brought this variety back from the abyss in 2006 after it was lost commercially in 1999. Not a grain variety as it has black seeds.

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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 6-12 in. Harvest leaves as needed for salads or cooking greens.

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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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