Amaranthus tricolor (120 days) Open-pollinated. Calaloo is a Caribbean stew that has many local variations, and is the name of the greens usually used in the dish, which also varies from island to island. This type is used in Jamaica, in the namesake dish as well as in many others. Though never a fan of amaranth greens, considering them barely edible forage, the tricolor blaze on the tall upright Calaloo in August, more red than Hopi Red Dye, induced me to eat a bit. Wow! It was soft smooth easy eating—and that was raw, straight out in the field. Grow it as an ornamental and then eat it. Prefers warm conditions. Black Benefit Sharing. ③
4301 Red Calaloo
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The selections here are rare heirloom varieties especially chosen for small- or homestead-scale production. Revived interest in food security and sovereignty inspires us to seek edible and heirloom grains. Most of them are also decorative in both form and color, making great accents to bouquets and wreaths. In the early 1800s Maine was the breadbasket of the U.S. Wheat and rice do not demand huge space and can be threshed with a little ingenuity. With good fertility, proper spacing and reasonable diligence, it is quite possible to harvest 10 lb of heirloom wheat from 100 plants in a 10x10' plot. A 100' row of rice can yield 6–10 lb.
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