Amaranth: Hopi Red Dye

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A beautiful ancient grain reaches 4-6 feet, producing long, dark red foliage. Traditionally used on the Hopi Nation for grain, flour, and a natural food dye to color piki bread.

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Description

(Amaranthus cruentus)

This stunning ancient grain can reach over 6 feet tall, but usually for us, reaching around 5 stately feet and producing long, dark red foliage.

Harvest the young tender leaves for salads and microgreens.

The black seeds are also edible, and can be ground for flour or popped, and also prepared as hot cereal.

The abundant, small black seeds make a great treat for chickens. This variety tends to be self-seeding if left in place with at least one seed head allowed to produce and stand over winter. Each seedhead is capable of producing about 60,000 seeds.

Traditionally used on the Hopi Nation as a natural food dye to color piki bread.

Originally collected on the Hopi Nation, these were grown out here, on top of a mesa in the Painted Desert at 6700 feet elevation, around 60 miles from the Hopi capital.

To use Hopi Red Dye amaranth to color piki or tortillas, soak the flowers, stems and leaves in water overnight. Use this dyed water in the recipe in the normal amount called for, to tint the batter an intense pink shade.

Historically, the flowers are ground on a matate by the Hopi.

Germination 84% – Oct 2021

Minimum 400 seeds

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