Amaranth:

leaf type, grain type

 


Family: Amaranthaceae (The Amaranth Family)


Genus: Amaranth


Annual. Some species of amaranth self sow. Establish seedbeds by lightly scattering seed in full sun in spring or plant out seedlings in early summer. Keep soil moist until the young seedlings are up and established. After that they can tolerate dry conditions. Seeds will germinate when soil temperature is 60°F. Wind and also insect pollination. Hybridization is well known but usually maintains it's integrity as a species. Likes warmth. Cut seed-heads when seeds are full and mature, lay on tarp in protected, dry area and allow to shatter. We use screens and a breezy day to remove chaff from seed.



Amaranth Grain (A. hypochondriacus, A. cruentus, A. edulis , A. caudatus and hybrids)


BLEND- LI Amaranth Grain Mix

Some of the variations you will find in this blend will allow you to select for your own particular requirements.  The principle grain crop of the Aztecs, it has outstanding nutritional qualities.  These all produce great quantities of grain given good growing conditions. Try popping some seed to serve with honey.  Young growth can also be harvested as “greens”. Some gardeners will grow these as a background plant (they can exceed three feet in height) in flower beds because of the beauty of their large and sometimes colorful inflorescence.  We enjoy the ornamental value as well as the edible quality as we work with this group. Many kinds including ancient cultivars.  Pkt. (150 seeds)






SELECTION- AMARANTH: Pink Tip White

This is a very productive and much branching white grain type starts out that is especially good lightly popped and mixed with honey which is a traditional Mexican treat. Pkt. (100 seeds).




SELECTION-AMARANTH- Copper

A very pretty orange amaranth which produces quantities of white grain. Pkt. (100 seeds).






BLEND- AMARANTH: Red Shades

Decorative reds and burgundys, black seed. Pkt. (100 seeds)





BLEND- Pink and Red Shades (not shown)

Both white and black seeded kinds with rose pink to red flower spikes. Pkt. (100 seeds).



web sources on grain amaranth culture and use:

www.underutilized-species.org/species/brochures/Amaranth.pdf

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceedings1993/V2-211.html


Amaranth Spinach aka tampala, hon-toi-moi, chinese spinach (Usually A. tricolor, A. lividus, A. gangeticus, A. creuntus and hybrids) 


  BLEND- Amaranth Leaf Mix

Better than pigweed (which is also an amaranth). This is a blend of vegetable amaranths some which are grown in the Orient, tropical Africa, India and the Caribbean especially for the production of leaves that can be harvested in the seedling stage for a tender salad gardnish or using tender shoots (tips) prepared like spinach (it is excellent steamed and stir-fried with seasoning.  You will see some attractive variation in leaf color, light and dark greens and reds mostly.  This group will have smooth leaves and will produce succulent growth for repeated cuttings.  Select those plants that meet your criteria to save the seed of. Harvest the young plant whole at 4 or 5 inches or keep pinching back to harvest the tender tips as well as maintain productive branching plants. Amaranth is as easy to produce a seed crop as our nemesis in the field, pigweed. Produce small black seeds. Pkt. (200 seeds)



web source on vegetable amaranth:

http://www.hort.cornell.edu/gardening/homegardening/scenea6a1.html


Our goal with amaranth is to grow a decorative mass planting of kinds that produce quantities of seed.  Visitors enjoy the colors and we enjoy the ease of producing the grain (actually not a true grain) that we use in many ways especially lightly popped.  We continue to grow new kinds to add to the assortment.  We keep the leaf amaranth separate because the young plants harvested whole are excellent, nutrient rich “greens” but the tiny black seeds of these can also be used as a grain.


Revised 2-10

 

Grain Amaranth and Salad Amaranth Seed