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Amaranth is a warm weather crop best sown around the same time as corn. The large to enormous flowerheads put on a magnificent long lasting display. Full sun with staking needed if growing for seed /or ornamental.
Amaranth leaves are succulent and nutty when eaten raw for the first few weeks and make superb cooked greens. Eaten in some form throughout much of the world, either as a seed grain or like spinach leaves.
Nutritionally, it is a complete source of protein, which is uncommon for a plant. Rich in vitamins A, B6, v C, riboflavin. It contains such minerals as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese.
Strip the Amaranth's young leaves for stir fry, and allow the plant to mature to full seed head for an outstanding back garden display. Use successive planting for a continual harvest. One of my favorite summer crops - if you love spinach, this will definitely top it.
i havent grown josephs coat..but i have grown loves lies bleeding..and opopeo..both annuals
the opopeo i grew.and still get volunteers..for the birds to eat..they love the seeds..
also the opopeo gets really tall..and have a stunning red flower top.. great for
as for nutritional value..ive read similar what you have..
the josephs coat is a lovely plant..just havent tried it.. yet.. :)
Oooo that's pretty!
I haven't tried the 'perfecta', but grew 'oscar blanco' and magenta spreen. I prefer to eat them raw mixed with other greens, or cooked with another ingredient like pasta or veggies. I can't quite acquire a taste for them all on their own. They do taste like like spinach, but the texture isn't the same to me. I love spinach, so nothing is its equal.lol
I can grow them in crummy soil and if I grow them in fertile soil they get massive. Then it takes a machete to cut them down. I also try and cut them down before they go to seed or they'll be all over the garden the next season:0)
Grown for the grain it is very healthy and consumed worldwide. I've only grown for ornamental purposes and never thought to graze on the leaves. It is very pretty and will reseed if you are not careful.
Drthor, it loves the heat and will supplies greens when the kale and chard have gone bitter.
Pod, I've heard that about the grain and it was one of the reason I wanted to grow it (for the chickens and ourselves), but I'm wondering if certain varieties are better suited. The 'Oscar Blanco' seeds are so tiny, I didn't feel like I could get them clean.
Farmerdill wrote:There are several types of amaranth. The type grown as a spinach substitute is Amaranthus tricolor, The grain amaranth is Amaranthus cruentus.
I would just add that the nutritional data I've seen indicating Amaranth supplies a complete protein is based on analysis of the seeds, not the leaves. And that the ornamental varieties, while technically edible, weren't bred for their table quality.
Ahhh, very cool, and informative. Maybe that's why I'm not crazy in love with the flavor. Think I'll try some from the farmers market before investing in more seed tho :0) I've got to try that teensy pop corn too!
Pod, so sorry about the kitty, hope she's getting some rest and feels better soon. I appreciate the warning, I'll make the kids boot up.
I'm excited for you, Drthor. Report back, I'm curious to know what you think of the taste and texture.
It must be something in the air, Pod, our cats are getting into all kinds of trouble in the last few days. This morning I found our oldest with a cut on his head and it looks like he slept in mud all night????
I wish they could talk.
Betsy (Inthegarden) just gave me a little Amaranthus 'Red Stripe' seed, for the leaves, and I at first guessed from the name that it might be Amaranthus viridis 'Red Stripe Leaf' (a.k.a Yin Tsai, Chinese Spinach).
Now I see almost identical listings under A. tricolor, and the fact that most A. viridis have all-green leaves (hence "viridis").
I'm wondering how to identify seed collected from someone's garden as either:
- A. viridis with an unusual red-striped leaf,
- or as any of many A. tricolor varieties.
The vendor was just "J-Kay International", a shipping-trading company, not a seed vendor.
The closest picture I've found is of a Botanical Interests seed pkt: Amaranth Edible Red Leaf Heirloom
Amaranth tricolor (even though it only has green & red foliage, no yellow)
Een Choy Hiyu , Caribbean Callaloo , Indian Bhaji
heat loving summer green ... showy ... foliage has a hearty spinach flavor ... loves the heat ... salad greens ... steamed, stir fried, or sauteed
This pigweed is called lamb's quarters too. lol
It's Chenopodium giganteum http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chenopodium_giganteum
I didn't save seed last year, too dry for them to mature in the lawn. There are already spouts to be seen within the last few days , but they don't mature until late fall. I wish I could send you some now, but if you can't find any or a substitute, let me know :0)
For those of you interested in Vegetable Amaranth, Evergreen has a good selection http://www.evergreenseeds.com/edamyintsach.html. Grain Amaranth and Quinoa are harder to find. But there are still folks experimenting with it. Quinoa is supposed to be more suited to cool climates. Much heavier seed yields than the leaf types.
Drthor, Farmerdill's link reminded me that you might like the perillas.
I tried it a few years ago, loves heat, dry conditions. Like the others it reseeds like crazy. It's considered a gourmet green http://www.apinchof.com/shiso1119.htm
I didn't care for it and it took a few years to pull up all the seedlings, but others love the taste. Oh, and the bees went crazy for it!
Cats fight get vicious gouge meats, tear tails, snake bites-cats are natural snake enemies, but they will get cautious after being bitten from crawling around under houses, making mud love will be either mama or papas soon, dont think antibiotics work on snake poisons...raw skin/missing hunks of hair... think I would go for the horse shed and the purple stuff (gentian violet) if anything, since they will be cleaning the sore places when they start feeling less sore. And kitties that are neutered catch fits being out in a fertile world in this season...
LOL ~ after two different vets' recommendations, I give them antibiotics. Apparently the snake fangs can cause infection which is far more serious to them than most venom. The little girlie lost about a quarter sized area of fur from the venom. Probably a small copperhead. Meds are done and all is well. Kristi
Always conscious of the legless critters ~ thanks. I am always hesitant to overuse antibiotics but as much as I try to reason with the cats, they don't always listen when I tell them not to meddle with the snakes!
I badly need to rake which will eliminate their hiding places. We are way too windy and there are more fires in this area. Not a good sign!
They always give antibiotics for snake bites venomous or not. its because the snakes bite deep and their mouth isnt sterile. I wouldnt worry about overusing antibiotics Kristi, in this case it was needed. Every animal Ive ever had that was the usual course of treatment. Unlike humans they cant tell you when the bite is becoming infected. Treating the infection is much more costly and time consuming then just giving the antibiotics right off the bat.
Chenopodium quinoa is a chenopod related to beets spinach etc. Pitseed Goose Foot (Chenopodium berlandieri)) and Fat Hen (Chenopodium album) are relatively common weeds in North American, where both species are called Lambsquarters. Both seeds and leaves are edible, but do not yield the quantity of seed as the cultivated Quinoa.
Amaranthus caudatus, Amaranthus cruentus, and Amaranthus hypochondriacus are the species of Amaranth grown for grain.
'Seeds Of Change' in New Mexico has a bunch of amaranth resources, I think Farmerdill means the stuff in stores is the better food resource if you wish to try it, the wild variety is slimmer pickings...