Organic Jamaican Callaloo (Amaranth)

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30 days to harvest Amaranthus cruentus

HEIRLOOM Easy to grow and impressively self-sufficient, we are constantly in awe of the deliciousness, abundance and utterly resilience of Callaloo! One of our favorite greens with onions and garlic, Callaloo thrives in containers and raised beds as well as garden soil, prolific even in drought and low-fertility conditions. A dish as well as a plant, Callaloo as a dish hails from West Africa while Callaloo, in the amaranth family, co-adapted with humxns in both Africa and the Americas, dearly beloved in the Caribbean. Specifically selected for delectable leafy greens, there is so much diversity in Callaloo (get several different strains, it’s glorious!) and we’re grateful to our friend Zena who shared seed from her Jamaican family for us all to savor. These leaves are deep emerald green, so smooth and so long, on upright plants that resist going to seed too quick. When they finally flower, their creamy seedheads burst dramatically from the foliage and we love to tuck them in bouquets as well as watch the birds delight in their branches. If you’re hoping for consistent harvest of Organic Jamaican Callaloo throughout the season, sow fresh successions every 4 to 6 weeks to surround yourself with lush, succulent greens.

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Organic Jamaican Callaloo (Amaranth)

30 days to harvest Amaranthus cruentus

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HEIRLOOM Easy to grow and impressively self-sufficient, we are constantly in awe of the deliciousness, abundance and utterly resilience of Callaloo! One of our favorite greens with onions and garlic, Callaloo thrives in containers and raised beds as well as garden soil, prolific even in drought and low-fertility conditions. A dish as well as a plant, Callaloo as a dish hails from West Africa while Callaloo, in the amaranth family, co-adapted with humxns in both Africa and the Americas, dearly beloved in the Caribbean. Specifically selected for delectable leafy greens, there is so much diversity in Callaloo (get several different strains, it’s glorious!) and we’re grateful to our friend Zena who shared seed from her Jamaican family for us all to savor. These leaves are deep emerald green, so smooth and so long, on upright plants that resist going to seed too quick. When they finally flower, their creamy seedheads burst dramatically from the foliage and we love to tuck them in bouquets as well as watch the birds delight in their branches. If you’re hoping for consistent harvest of Organic Jamaican Callaloo throughout the season, sow fresh successions every 4 to 6 weeks to surround yourself with lush, succulent greens.

At Fruition, we sow Callaloo indoors in soil blocks four weeks before final frost, transplanting out after final frost.

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1 review for Organic Jamaican Callaloo (Amaranth)

  1. Todd (verified owner)

    This is great callaloo. My wife grew up in Jamaica and she loves this variety. She says it most closely resembles the kind she grew up with. Very easy to grow. Very healthy looking.

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Organic Jamaican Callaloo

Transplant : Sow indoors 4 weeks before last frost; harden off & transplant after last frost with 6 to 12 inches between plants.

Direct Sow: After last frost, shallowly sow 5 seeds per foot & thin to 1 every 6 to 12 inches as leaves begin to touch. Savor your thinnings! Leaves are delicious at many stages; younger leaves are more tender and mild.

Sowing Date: After frost; Late May- early June (zone 5)

Seed Depth: 1/4 inch

Days to Germination: 7-10 days at 70-75 F

Days to Maturity: 60

Plant spacing after thinning: 12 inches Height: 4-5 feet

 

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