Grain amaranths are annual plants and include several species of Amaranthus grown specifically for the seeds which are usually lighter colored than vegetable amaranth varieties. The cultivation of grain amaranths as food plants is traceable to ancient Aztec civilizations of Mexico. The grain amaranth species are highly variable; some experimentation with strains of available species may be necessary to find one suitable to a new area.

R104

'R104' (A. cruentus) is a selection by Rodale Institute from a Mexican landrace . The plant is a tall annual up to 2 m, that produces full tassels of seed. Plants may need support when grain heads become heavy near maturation.

Grain Amaranth

Burgundy

'Burgundy' grain amaranth (A. hypochondriacus) is a tall, annual plant to 2 m in height that produces dark red seed heads which produce abundant white edible seeds. Ornamental leaves also add color. Mature plants may need staking to support the weight of the seed heads.

Manna

‘Manna’ grain amaranth (A. hypochondriacus) is a tall, annual plant to 2 m in height that produces full, red-yellow tassels of seed. Mature plants may need staking to support the weight of the seed heads.

R103

‘R 103’ grain amaranth (A. hypochondriacus) is a tall, annual plant to 2 m in height that produces full, red-yellow tassels of seed. This variety was selected by Rodale Institute from a Mexican landrace. Mature plants may need staking to support the weight of the seed heads.

RRP 1526B

 

‘RRP 1526B’’ grain amaranth (A. hypochondriacus) is a variety from Kenya that is a tall, annual plant to 2 m in height that produces large, pink, full tassels of seed.. Mature plants may need staking to support the weight of the seed heads.

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Yellow infloresence, white stem.

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Yellow inflorescence, white stem.

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Red inflorescence, white stem.

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Light brown inflorescence.

Mexican

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