A traditional food, ornamental and dye plant. It is a domesticated variety of pigweed and a native American crop. The plants are sturdy, generally growing from 4′-8′ tall. The large leaves are green or red and the seed heads are red, yellow, brown or multicoloured. The seed varieties are grown for their heavy yield of small, generally blond seeds, which are rich in protein (16-18%). They also complement corn and wheat to make a complete protein. Sow them after danger of frost is past. When the plants have dried after a heavy frost in the fall, cut the seed heads, thresh and winnow. The seeds can be popped, sprouted, milled into flour or cooked whole. The young and tender leaves can be cooked and eaten like spinach or finely chopped and eaten raw mixed in salad.
Four Stars Explorers Mix contains plants varying in height some, but relatively tall, diverse, and beautiful, in foliage and seeds. Foliage mostly reds and purples but also dark green evident at various stages of growth. The seed heads are mostly thick and upright but some are skinny and wispy and some may lean/hang over slightly. The seeds are a mixture of red, blonde and brown in colour. Four Stars Explorers Mix comes from Wild Garden Seed and is a genetic mix of the varieties they offer.Other Seed Crops / Amaranth
Orange Giant has orange-ribbed green leaves and huge burnt-orange seed heads on 7’ plants. The seeds are light beige.Other Seed Crops / Amaranth
Burgundy Amaranth is a striking deep red plant over 7’ tall.Other Seed Crops / Amaranth
Hopi Red Dye is a deep burgundy red plant which can get 6’ tall. The young leaves are used in salads. The Hopi people used the flower bracts as a ceremonial food dye. The edible seed is black.Other Seed Crops / Amaranth
Golden Amaranth has large golden brown seed heads on sturdy plants.Other Seed Crops / Amaranth
Popping Amaranth has large bicoloured seed heads.Other Seed Crops / Amaranth