Opopeo Amaranth

Opopeo Amaranth Grain OG

Amaranthus hybridus (65 days to flower, 125 days to seed) Open-pollinated. The grain of the gods from Opopeo, Mexico. Doubles as a wonderful green until flower-set. Tom Vigue sows thickly after frost danger, enjoying the bronze-green leaves from 4–6" and the top leaves until the plant reaches 2'. Vigue says, “Never stringy, always tender…a lot more massive than spinach,” to which it tastes similar when cooked. Not great raw. Thin as you go to grow grain in the same bed, or start as transplants to increase chances of beginning your harvest before the heavy autumnal rains. Huge plants require 2' spacing. Opopeo’s magenta-purple stems grow 4–8' topped by 2' deep burgundy flower spikes each laden with 4–8 oz of seed grain. Grain matures from early to mid October. Cut and hang the heads to dry inside rather than field-curing in wet autumns. Wait until grain is crumbly dry and then rub against a mesh screen to thresh. Store your grain securely; mice love it. Boil two parts water to one part grain for a high-protein gluten-free breakfast cereal or mix with pumpkin meal, vegetables and herbs, allow to harden, and slice into fryable patties. Multi-branched plants prone to lodging in loose soils, otherwise may offer support to pole beans when given a head start. ~1200-1500 seeds/g.


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Amaranth 

Amaranthus spp.

Amaranth was one of the Aztecs’ five principal crops. They ground puffed seeds into flour and prepared sauces with the leaves. Amaranthus grain has 14–16% protein. The leaves have three times more vitamin C, ten times more carotene, fifteen times more iron and forty times more calcium than tomatoes, and three times more vitamin C, calcium and niacin than spinach leaves.

See also ornamental amaranths.