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Amaranth - Callaloo - Bangladeshi Dhata

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Amaranthus spp.


Story: This is a most spectacular callaloo, with deep red and green colouration. A real feature in ornamental flower beds, but it can be used as a cooking greens, and goes well in Indian or Bangladeshi cooking with tomatoes, onions and spices. 

When to sow: Either direct sow in April, or start indoors 6 weeks before the last frost. 

Requirements: Once the seeds have germinated, callaloo is easy to care for, and handles drought well. 

Harvesting: For eating, it is best picked young when the leaves are still tender, older leaves should be cooked for a long time and hold up well in stews. 

How to save seed: Callalloo will cross with other callalloo varieties so just grow one if you plan to save seeds. Allow the plant to grow and grow - it can grow up to 1.5m. It will begin to set flower spikes in mid-late summer, allow these to mature and begin to dry on the plant, then cut the entire flower spike off and allow it to dry  completely, by hanging with a paper or muslin bag tied around it to collect the tiny black seeds. Once fully dry, shake and crush the seed heads to release the seeds. There will be lots of chaff so try to winnow as much of this off as possible (video instructions on winnowing to follow). One plant will give hundreds of thousands of tiny seeds so send back as much as you can to us and share the rest with friends and other growers. 


Please remember, we only send out three packs of seed. If you order more than this, you will receive just three packs to begin with. This is to ensure we get plenty of data in return, and to keep our stocks sustainable for years to come.