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Amaranth, Red
Amaranth, Red

Amaranth, Red


This versatile dark purple and red leaf amaranth has multiple health benefits and will bring vibrant color into your garden. It’s grown for its grain-like seeds and edible leaves. This high-protein, whole grain originally from Taiwan, is tolerant of heat, and its leaves can be used as a spinach substitute.

Tiny little seeds will hang from tassels after their charming red flowers fade. Seeds are typically collected and used as a grain in oatmeal or porridges and can be added to thicken soups and stews. Entire plants are sometimes used in bouquets for their attractive leaves. 

Days to Maturity: 90 days for harvesting the grains, the leaves can be harvested much sooner.

Plant size: 24-36” tall and can be taller if grown in the right conditions

Plant spacing: 12-16” apart, and can tolerate some crowding

Sun, soil, and water requirement: Enjoys full sun, with well-drained loamy soil. Can tolerate aerated clay soils as well. Although they are drought-tolerant, be sure to water them during the warmer season.

Harvesting: Harvest the leaves and stems when younger for cooking or eating fresh. Harvest the seeds for use like quinoa.

Culinary: You can use the leaves in stir-fries, soups, and fresh salads and the seeds have a slightly nutty flavor. Prepare the leaves like you would spinach. How to cook amaranth seeds: Combine amaranth seeds with a few cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for up to 20 minutes, until grains are fluffy, and water is absorbed. You do not need to presoak seeds.

Nutrients: Amaranth leaves, stems, and seeds are extremely nutritious, delivering protein, iron, and calcium, as well as vitamins A and C.

Companion planting: Plant near cucumbers, sweetcorn, runner beans, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, peas, and marigolds.

Locally sourced seed

Please Note:

** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.

** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.

** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.