Amaranth for leafy greens
Two readers left comments last week on old
posts about amaranth
we grew for grain a few years ago, which reminded me I wanted to share my
experience with growing amaranth for greens. Generally,
you'll choose either a greens or a grain variety when you plant
(although, presumably, both are multi-purpose to a certain
extent). Our first experiment, when growing grain amaranth,
was with Manna de Montana, which I had trouble getting to
germinate but which then grew into huge plants and produced lots
of seeds. (We didn't even sample the leaves because I didn't
know they were edible at the time.) Joe (a reader) kindly
sent us some seeds for Mayo Indian amaranth this year, mentioning
that he likes the variety for greens, so we decided to give it a
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