Amaranth ( Chinese Spinach ) Seeds
Amaranth grows vigorously in most climates and needs a
minimum of water. Both the leaves, which taste like spinach,
and the seeds contain a high concentration of lysine, an
essential amino acid lacking in all of the world’s main
cereal crops. One study conducted in Denmark concluded that the
addition of amaranth to other cereal flours improved protein
quality without affecting energy utilization. A study published
in the Journal of Food Science concluded that amaranth is also
highly suitable for utilization in infant formulas. The seeds
can be used for breads, pastries, or can be popped like corn.
In addition to its high fiber, calcium and iron, amaranth also
has two times more calcium than milk. When used in combination
with wheat, corn or brown rice Amaranth offers a complete
protein as high in food value as fish, red meat or poultry.
Cooked amaranth has a total digestibility of about 90%.
Amaranth’s unique nutty flavor makes it a welcome
addition to many types of food products.
Sow outdoors 1-2 weeks before the last frost date. Or
sow indoors 4 weeks early. Barely cover the seeds. Thin to
12-18" apart. Full sun. Easy to grow.
Informative articles found on the
Healthy Grain for Vegetarian Recipes
vegetarian recipes using amaranth.
- A small selection of low fat vegetarian amaranth
- Amaranth recipes collected from Usenet.
- Basic recipe for cooked amaranth from Deborah
Madison's book Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.
Mexico's Grain of the Gods: Cooking with Amaranth
with several recipes included.
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TST094 Red Garnet ( Amaranthus tricolor )
Beautiful dark red/fuchsia blooms top large plants that can reach up to 10 feet tall! Beyond its aesthetic qualities, young leaves can be used for greens, and flower heads fill with seeds that can be toasted and eaten as grains.
Because of its stunning height, seed-filled flower heads make a great source of food for goldfinches and other birds flying by. Makes a wonderfully nutritious micro-green as well!
FA112 Asia Red Amaranth ( Amaranthus hypochondriacus )
Large pink-red leaf, very delicious, adds color to your
BM37 Autumn Pallet ( Amaranthus cruentus )
Fall hues, bronze to light orange, wide spikes, dark green leaf, long lasting cut or for border, grows about 36" tall, flowers 6 weeks from seed.
BM38 Autumn Touch ( Amaranthus cruentus )
Pistachio green tipped with bronze, broad 24" spikes, dark green leaf, excellent for landscape or cut, grows about 36" tall, flowers 6 weeks from seed.
TRN405 White ( Amaranthus mangostanus )
This variety of edible amaranth, also known as Chinese spinach. Its round, tender, light green leaves and stems contain more iron and calcium than Western spinach. This amaranth will tolerate hot, dry and moist climates. In warm temperatures (68-85°F) it grows fast and produces high yields.
2061 Golden Giant Amaranth ( Amaranthus hypochondriacus )
6-7 ft. Tender Annual/Reseeding. A striking plant with gold
leaves and stems. Produces several ounces of white seeds per
plant. Salad quality leaves are best eaten young, either raw or
steamed. A bright ornamental that attracts birds to the garden.
Sow directly when soil is warm and danger of frost has passed.
For earlier crop, plant in flats, transplanting when 4-8 inches
tall. Harvesting tips. For cut flowers, pick at the peak of
bloom. For use as grain, leave heads on plants until they drop
a few seeds. Dry for about a week until brittle.
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