Protein Packed Hopi Red Dye Amaranth

Amaranth is a popular gluten free grain that is prolific self-seeder and easy to grow. It’s leaves are used as micro-maroons and when fully grown used in any recipe as you might use spinach.

A favorite in my gardening experience is heirloom Hopi Red Dye Amaranth. I first started growing this green/grain in my garden while seeking high protein greens packed with amino acids for brain health. It has proven a gorgeous addition as it blooms and grows about ten feet tall. In early Spring, it pops up like a carpet of micro ‘maroons’ that are amazingly tender and a colorful addition to simple salads.

Springtime carpet of baby Hopi Red Dye Amaranth micro ‘maroons’

There are many benefits of Amaranth as described at  and it has recently become popular as a gluten free flour. I have been experimenting with many recipes, including a gluten free pie crust for my Amaranth Garden Quiche.

Amaranth is extremely easy to grow here in Central Illinois.  While I am glad to forego the extensive effort of harvesting the seeds and crushing them into flour, I gladly welcome the tender baby greens early in the Spring daily for dressing up a salad and enjoy the blooms for cut flower arrangements later in the season. Larger leaves during mid-season can be used in any recipe calling for spinach.

In the fall, I save seeds from the largest blooms and let the rest self seed. It will pop up like crazy all over the garden at the break of Spring, but I don’t mind since I just till under to ammend the soil quite nicely.

Please share your growing experience and recipes here!


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