|The leaves of this variety can be used as salad greens. Originally from Jamaica. Plants are 4 to 6 feet tall with a red seed head. Rare.
Amaranth is a traditional seed crop grown by the Aztecs and Southwest peoples as a grain. The grain is high in Lysine and the young leaves are high in Iron and Calcium. Can be planted after the frost date, requires full sun. Plant 1/4 inches deep, thin the edible seedlings to 10 to 15 inches apart. Will cross pollinate with other varieties, so if you want to save seed, put paper bags over the flowerheads. Seeds can be cooked as a hot cereal, or ground and used as flour.