This variety is very popular variety in Asia where it's grown primarily for leaves which can be eaten fresh or cooked. Its most notable characteristics are its bold coloration and tender leaves. One of our favorite amaranths for greens.
Also known as edible amaranth, Chinese spinach, and Joseph's coat.
|Germination||start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost or direct sow after frost, sow 1/4 deep, germ. (8-12 days)|
|Requirements||tolerant of most soils, full sun, moderate water needs|
|Harvest||leaves (40-50 days), seeds (115-125 days)|
|Uses||edible*(leaves, seeds, stems), utility (dye)|
|Notes||Amaranth can concentrate nitrates from the soil. Do not use chemical fertilizers (ever, but especially here). Seeds from amaranthus spp. should be blanched in water several times before consuming to remove toxins (saponins).|
|Breed Status||open pollinated|
|Seeds Per Oz.||≈ 34000|
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