Thursday, July 21, 2011

Amaranth for food security

Just a quick plug for Amaranth, an annual flowering plant that propagates itself very readily and is one of the more widespread "food-secure" plants of the planet. Leaves are edible (delicious in stir fry) as well as the flowers--which are slightly bitter but good for you. We stir-fry the flowers with the leaves. You can also save the dried flower heads and get the seeds, which are a rich protein source.

We grow two kinds, including the irresistibly named Love Lies Bleeding (pictured) and they are a colorful addition to the garden. But they can take over, so be careful! Luckily, it's the kind of "weed" you can eat. Very drought-resistant and tough, and a pack of seeds for less than $2 can feed you virtually for the rest of your life.


  1. Can you get the seeds from any feed-and-seed store, or is there a special place you need to order them from? I don't think we'll have time for growing these this year, but in the spring I want to focus on doing more gardening.


  2. I get all my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company but I can send you some-0-these seed like crazy! Also, some things need to be planted in the fall--you can actually plant these, garlic, parsnips, and some other types of overwinter crops like spinach, mustard greens, kale, etc.