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Amaranthus tricolor
Callaloo
  • Annual
  • Full Sun
  • Germination Tested November 15, 2023: 90%
  • Approximately 100 seeds per packet
Regular price $5.00 CAD
Regular price Sale price $5.00 CAD
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Miriah Leaf Amaranth is a gorgeous heat tolerant annual leafy green. It can be used raw in salads, cooked, or pickled. The leaves have a pleasant, mild taste similar to spinach, but they are thinner and not as crunchy as spinach. It is popular in Asia and Latin America, and is sometimes called Callaloo in the Caribbean where it is used to make a soup or stew of the same name.

The centre of each leaf is magenta, and the underside of each leaf is even more vibrant. It looks amazing in a salad mix!

Miriah leaf amaranth is heat and drought tolerant once established. It kept thriving throughout the very hot weather (40°C/ 104°F) we had this year. This is not a variety for grain as the seeds are black.

These plants can reach over 6 feet tall in a summer! Amaranth belongs to the C4 group of plants, which means that they are better at conserving water and more efficient at photosynthesizing in high temperatures compared to "regular" (C3) plants. Other C4 crops include corn and purslane. I suspect that C4 crops will become of greater importance as our climate warms. 

Growing Instructions

Sow indoors in April for transplanting in May. Or direct sow after danger of frost. Space plants 12-18" apart.

Shipping & Returns

We ship seeds within Canada for a flat fee of $6, United States for $25, and internationally for $25*. Live plants and bulbs can only be shipped within Canada.

 

Shipping in Canada 

We ship seeds in Canada via regular letter mail, which is an untracked service, and usually takes 1-2 weeks to arrive. Larger bulbs and plants are sent via tracked flat rate box.

 

Shipping to the US

We ship all US orders by tracked packet and they usually take two weeks to arrive.

According to the USDA, most seeds require an import permit to be brought into the US and the permit is free and useable for multiple orders/years. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". In our experience shipping seeds over several years, most small orders will make it across the border without issues, but occasionally they will be held at US Customs. 

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held or confiscated by US customs.

 

Shipping Internationally

International orders are usually shipped via untracked packet. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held of confiscated by customs.

International shipping countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom

 

If you have any issues with the quality of your order, please contact us within 60 days and we will make it right!

*Shipping fees are in Canadian dollars. 

Ecologically Grown

Seeds are grown ecologically without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

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