Leaf Amaranth 'Red Callaloo'
Scientific Name: Amaranthus tricolor
Other Common Names:
'Red Callaloo' is also sometimes known by the variety names 'Callaloo', 'Tampala' & 'Red Leaf'. Known as Tandaljo in India.
Amaranthus tricolor is native to South America, although trade has resulted in it being grown extensively across warmer regions worldwide. The 'Red Callaloo' variety is used extensively in the Carribean as a spinach substitute.
Young, tender Amaranth leaves are delicious eaten raw in salads. Older Amaranth leaves are best cooked as a leaf vegetable and can be used as a substitute in any dish where you would normally use spinach.
Leaf Amaranth is easy to grow and tolerant of a wide range of conditions as long as the soil is relatively free draining. Amaranth is far more heat tolerant than most leafy greens but still requires regular watering. Mulch well to protect its shallow root system, sugar cane mulch is ideal. Pinch off shoot tips to encourage bushy growth. Choose a growing location that receives full sun or light shade.
When To Sow:
Leaf Amaranth can be sown all year round in tropical and subtropical regions of Australia. In temperate regions sow from November to February for best results.
How To Sow:
Sow Leaf Amaranth seeds at a depth of 4mm or shallower, firm down the soil and water regularly to ensure the emerging seedlings do not dry out. Thin Leaf Amaranth plants to about 15cm apart to allow room for growth.
Time To Germination:
Leaf Amaranth takes between 7 to 10 days to germinate.
Time To Harvest:
You can begin to harvest individual Amaranth leaves as they are ready from about 5 weeks after sowing. Alternatively the whole plants can be harvested once full sized, about 9 weeks after sowing.