|Produces black edible seed, and edible greens. Used traditionally by the Hopi's in the United States Southwest as a natural red food dye for "piki" bread, derived from the flower bracts. Flower inflorescence can reach 1 to 2 feet long.
Can cross with wild strains. 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 inch 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.