Amaranth Hopi Red Dye

100 days. An heirloom historically used by Native Americans, Hopi Red Dye Amaranth has bright red stems and foliage and tall, scarlet, feathery bracts that beg for attention in display gardens. Its scarlet-red leaves add bright color and bite to baby leaf salads and its mature leaves can be cooked in a multitude of ways like Kale or Spinach. Its seeds can be crushed and added to your favorite cornbread recipes to turn it red! Mature plants can grow 4' to 6' tall. (OP.)

One packet of about 1,500 seeds
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Also known as Chinese Spinach or Joseph's Coat, Amaranth is an ornamental annual, a valuable cutting flower and a culinary green. It may be started indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to transplanting outside after the last spring frost date, or it may be direct-sown after the last possible frost date. It may be grown as a tender baby leaf for upscale salad mixtures or as a mature leaf when it may be cooked in much the same way as Spinach. As a mature leaf, its rich, earthy flavor is perfect in soups, stews and sautes. But wait, there's more. Amaranth seed can be crushed into gluten-free flour and its decorative red bracts can be used as a natural dye. It is one amazing plant. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 1 year.

To broaden the range of texture and flavor in your garden and salads, don't forget to plant some of these specialty Salad Greens: Arugula, Asian Greens, Chervil, Claytonia, Cress, Dandelion Greens, Endive, Escarole, Frisee, Giant Red Mustard, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mache, Mibuna, Minutina, Mizuna, Orach, Radicchio, Salad Blends, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Tatsoi.
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