Red Leaf Amaranth, also called Chinese Spinach, is a beautiful addition to your garden—and tasty too! The leaves are eaten just like spinach, raw or cooked. What is most impressive is that they keep their color when cooked.
Amaranth, Edible Red Leaf ORGANIC
399 in stock
399 in stock
Red Leaf Amaranth, also called Chinese Spinach, is a beautiful addition to your garden—and tasty too! The leaves are eaten just like spinach, raw or cooked. What is most impressive is that they keep their color when cooked. This means you can add color to bland dishes! Amaranth is a versatile plant for any garden. Enjoy the edible leaves, cook the grain (seeds), and use the flowers to create arrangements. The nutritious grain was a staple food of the Incans and Mayans and has a wide history of use in the Mesoamerica. The wild relative was domesticated as early as 4000 BC and has uses as a dye, ornamental plant, and food source. We are happy to see amaranth making a comeback as it is one of our favorite plants to grow on the farm!
Recommending planting requirements: This warm-season plant can be grown year-round in San Diego and other mild climates. Its immature leaves are tasty and full of nutrients while the flower spikes are beautiful and produce huge amounts of seeds that can be used for grain. It is an all-around fantastic plant with multiple uses.
Growing Recommendations: Give plant space and it will get very large and may need staking to keep its huge flower spikes upright. Direct sow, keep the soil moist and weed in the first weeks to reduce competition. Grow in an area where you can enjoy the beautiful flower spikes that will attract bird activity.
Harvesting Recommendations: Pick baby or mature greens as needed. Simply cut them with scissors as you would lettuces. The leaves have a tasty, nutty flavor. If growing for seed/grain provide ample spacing and harvest seeds buy rubbing flower spikes and releasing seeds.
|Planting Depth:||Broadcast, thin to 3″|
|Days to Germination:||5-10|
|Days to Maturity:||90-100+|
|Height at Maturity:||5-7′|
|Lighting Requirements:||Full Sun|
Package Weight: .25 gram
Approximate seed count per pack: 200
The approximate seed count per gram is 1,200 seeds.
|Dimensions||5.00 × 0.10 × 3.00 in|
Packet, 5 grams, 1 ounce