Red Amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus)

•Short-lived perennial or self-seeding annual.

•Can reach heights of over 2m  tall

Picture: Mark Gould

•Delicious stems and leaves you can eat like spinach, but it’s also a healthy and nutritious grain.

•The very similar Land Amaranth (shown right) is also a common ‘weed’ in Queensland but is wonderful cooked in Spanakopita.

Picture: Mark Gould

•Productive year-round with peak season in the spring and summer.

Red Amaranth
Picture: Mark Gould

“I really like this grain amaranth. It is pretty, grows easily and the grain is nice. I usually let it self seed around the place and forage as needed but this year, I planted it specifically from some of last years seed as supports for field peas (from which mushy peas are made) Best of both worlds. Peas add nitrogen to support the amaranth and amaranth provides a physical support for peas.” Mark Gould

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