Posts Tagged ‘amaranth’

Free Red Amaranth Salad Seeds for you

Mature Red Amaranth Last spring I posted about delicious and nutritious salad built from young red amaranth leaves. Well now I have tons of showy red fully mature plants loaded with tiny shiny black seeds. And I will give seeds to anyone free for the asking. If you want some, post a comment here asking for some. That will expose your email to me and I will email you where to send your Stamped Self Addressed Envelope.

The amaranth plants aren’t quite dry enough to harvest yet, but they should be in another two weeks or so. By the way, they also look terrific as the center of a fall flower arrangement. Just in case I didn’t make myself clear in the other post, these things grow beautifully in many soils and conditions. They like full sun and they need a bit of water, just a bit. They are easy to get rid of if you find them coming up where you don’t want them. Hard times are coming; this is a starter kit for a lifetime supply of free salad that’s very very healthy!

I do not wish to publish my physical address in a public blog, even a business address — I’m sure you understand. One of my blogging buddies was recently tracked down and stalked by some crazy who drove 300 miles to meet her and potentially kill her because of something she posted on a forum. Creepy, huh! Luckily she alerted the police and he was arrested immediately and she is OK.

Amaranth — the food of the Aztecs


Originally uploaded by napiobai

This is the first post I am composing directly in FlickR— Woot! About eight years ago I planted some red amaranth in my garden. The fully mature red amaranth plant is a showy purple red affair with a large (OK I have to say this) phallic shaped seed cluster that is a brilliant red in October. Red amaranths grow like weeds but they are easy to get rid of where you don’t want them. I have never specifically planted any further red amaranth seeds but some always come up and I always let a few of them grow up. The red seed cluster contains little black seeds that are very nutrient dense. If you’re a glutton for punishment you can cut the stalks and dry them and thresh out the seeds when they are dry. They can be used where you would use poppy seeds, except that they taste better. They can also be popped on a hot comal. They are like teeny popcorn.

The young leaves of the amaranth are also highly nutritious. I was removing some red amaranth from my garden and I took a picture of them for you before I devoured them. They have a slightly bitter and otherwise deliciously nutty taste, and really do wonders for the presentation of a green salad.

The Aztec Indians of Mexico practically treated the amaranth as a deity. It is said that Cortes defeated the Aztecs by destroying their
amaranth fields.