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Stunning vibrant bronze grain plumes adorn hefty plants that grow to 7 feet tall and thrive in less than fertile soils and with minimal care. An ancient pseudo-cereal gluten-free staple of Mesoamerican peoples, amaranth seeds are easily threshed by hand and need no dehulling. Amaranth seeds are protein rich and nutrient dense, an excellent source of the essential amino acid lysine. Enjoy them raw, sprouted, boiled, toasted/popped, or ground into flour. Drought and heat tolerant, the striking yellow ribbed leaves of Hot Biscuits are a nutritious source for summer greens when other greens wilt or go to seed. Amaranth is an excellent guerilla-garden candidate for those in subdivisions that frown upon growing your own food. Decorative, yet able to produce large quantities of seeds. Birds love it. These seeds were grown for us in humid Southeast Michigan by Great Lakes Staple Seeds.
GROWING TIPS: Plants benefit from reduced weed pressure during germination. Thin in stages and eat them like spinach. Initial growth is slow before they suddenly spring up.