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  • Harvesting like spinach.
  • Colorful edible ornamental.
  • Spiraling flower spikes.

Edible Amaranth Mix

Amaranthus species various
A nutritious and delicious alternative to spinach in the hot summer months.

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Most gardeners are familiar with the several varieties of ornamental amaranth sold by nurseries, but few realize that this plant is a delicious nutritional powerhouse. In the hot summer months, when growing spinach is impossible, amaranth thrives: its soft leaves are a nice addition to salads and, like spinach, it melts delectably when cooked. Grown by Incans and Aztecs for its protein-rich grain, which can be popped like popcorn, amaranth is now cultivated worldwide; it is vigorous, fast-growing, and tolerant of wide-ranging conditions. Appreciate this mix for its tasty foliage or colorful blooms.

Number of Seeds 500 seeds
Spacing in Row 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Planting Depth ¼ inch
Days to Germination 7 to 10
Days to Maturity 50
Height at Maturity 24 to 48 inches
Width at Maturity 12-16 inches
Direct sow after frost, or start indoors 3 weeks earlier and then transplant after frost. Sow in succession until about 10 weeks before first fall frost. Harvest leaves once they reach about 4 inches in diameter and use as a mid-summer replacement for spinach. Thrives in heat; killed by frost.

Artwork by Ustya Tarnawsky. Ustya's art respects and honors the vibrant wild plants that grow among us. She works with plants often cast aside as 'weeds' to help others with health imbalances and diseases.

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