Amaranth Harvest

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Saturday, August 6, 2016 2:32 PM

I've completed the first stage of my Amaranth harvest. I decided to grow Giant Orange Amaranth on a whim this year as I had a handful of seeds. I ended up with a total of 10 plants, although 3 of them were very small compared to the other 7. They looked very pretty at a height above the Tomatoes yet below the Giant Sunflowers. They filled the space nicely, and I think I'll repeat the planting again in the future.

Although technically a seed, Amaranth is commonly referred to as a grain since that is how it is used. I'm excited to see exactly how much finished "grain" I get. I'm not expecting very much, but I'm also not growing it as a main food supply. I'll probably use it to add texture and flavor to some breads.
I've separated all the little Floret heads and spread them out to bask in the sun for a day or two. I think it will be a lot easier to thresh the grain from the chaff once it's dried out a bit. However I did place a screen over the bin once I took these pictures. The last thing I need is all the wild birds coming and eating my harvest.
I plan on saving some to use when my Mom comes to visit in October. She was here when I planted it, so it will be fun to have her taste it.
Now that I've pulled out the Bush Beans and Amaranth, I need to figure out what I want to plant in their place. Time to start thinking about my fall garden!