Amaranth, Orange (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) seeds, organic


Family:  Amaranth (Amaranthacea)

Annual, 100 days to maturity.

Native to Guatamala.  Stunning, bright orange flowers on plants to 6 feet tall. Young leaves colored green with orange ribs are edible as  a pot herb. Seed is light colored, edible and excellent when cooked into a gruel.  A patch of this plant is always a focal point in our gardens–easy to grow and recommended by us!  Plant prefers full sun and regular garden soil.  Direct seed in the spring garden and thin to about 1 foot apart. Harvest only after the mature seed may be rubbed from the flower head by hand.  Thresh, winnow, and enjoy!

Packet contains 100 seeds
1 g contains ~1,200 seeds
5 g contains ~6,000 seeds
10 g contains ~12,000 seeds

Certified Organically Grown

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    Richo Cech

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    After the plants reach maturity, then cut the tops and dry them by hanging in the shade or on screens (generally takes a couple of weeks) then whack them (we put down a sheet, put a table screen over that, then whack the heads with flails, e.g. willow whips) and the seed falls down onto the sheet.  After that, separate chaff from seed by screening (use our set of seed cleaning screens or improvise) and winnow the seed in the wind.  Winnow onto a sheet.  Chaff and light (unviable) seed will fly away, while the good seed will hit the sheet.  Do this several times, and the seed will be clean enough to use for food or for saving to replant.

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