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Hopi Red Dye

Eco Heirloom


Bloodamarant (Amaranthus cruentus). Beautiful, deep burgundy red "salad-amarant". It's enjoyed both as colourful small leaves and larger ones in salad mixes. Large leaves are boiled for a few minutes. The plant, which is an ornamental decoration in any cultivation, grows to about 150 cm tall and provides long, hanging burgundy "foxtail"-like flowers filled with tiny black, protein-rich seeds with a taste of honey. They are most often used in porridge, or popped and milled into flour. The leaves are highly nutritious and has three times as much vitamin C, 10 times more carotene, 15 times more iron and 40 times more calcium than tomatoes and 3 times more vitamin C, calcium and niacin than spinach. The Hopi people used Red Dye for colouring bread, amongst others things. Hopi Red Dye is also excellent for cut flowers. One portion contains about 400 seeds. MOFGA-certified seed. See under Info etc. - Ecologically grown seeds.


Product number:1235
Scientific name:Amaranthus cruentus
Botanic family:The Amaranth Family - Amaranthaceae
Days to maturity:46
F1 Hybrid:No
New variety:No
Sowing time:Pre-cultivate: April/Direct sow: June–July
Sowing depth:0,5 cm
Germination time:5–8 days
Plant spacing:20 cm
Row spacing:35–50 cm
Plant location:Sun
Seeds/g:1250 seeds
Heirloom variety:Yes

Cultivation advice


Sow the tiny seeds 0,5 cm deep in April-May and plant out when the soil is warm enough and the risk of frost is over. Sow directly only when ground temperature is about 15 degrees. Sow thinly. Often broadsown for babyleaf harvest. 


When grown as baby leaves the plants can stand close together, 5-10 cm. Otherwise they need a mutual space of 20 cm and 35-50 cm between rows. 


Enjoy the mild taste of the leaves as colourful babyleaves and larger in salads. The large leaves can be cooked for a few minutes. The taste resembles that of spinach. The seeds are often used in porrige or popped or ground to flour or used for sprouts.


1250 seeds/1 g. A portion contains about 400 seeds.