Amaranth Fast Facts

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Amaranth is an ancient crop native to North and South America. All varieties are drought-tolerant and require well-drained soil. Amaranth tolerates poor quality soil well.


Amaranth is grown as a spinach-flavored vegetable, an ornamental border plant and as a grain for humans and livestock.


Ornamental amaranth adds bright color to home gardens. As a food source, amaranth provides high protein, fiber, essential amino acids and lysine.

Amaranth grain, commonly referred to as quinoa.


Depending on variety, sow amaranth seed from 1/8 inch to 1/2 inch in depth, covering lightly with soil. Moisten the soil after seeding, but do not soak.

Tender young amaranth leaves ready to be harvested.


Frost and caterpillars are the most common enemies of amaranth. Pesticides will deter caterpillars. Complete harvests before the first frost.


In the 1400s, the largest-known production of amaranth grain was cultivated by the Aztecs, during the peak of their civilization.


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Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

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