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Organic Russian River Merlot Amaranth

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Amaranthus caudatus
Organic Russian River Merlot Amaranth  

oats Sustainably Grown
2 grams - approximately 2,000 seeds per seed pkg
One gram will sow 50 feet at (thinned) spacing of 12-18” on 24” rows.

A fantastic amaranth that was a volunteer where we grew tomatoes in 2009 at The Russian River Vineyard.  It has the wonderful deep color of a Merlot wine so in their honor we are calling it Russian River Merlot. 

This amaranth can reach 8'-12' tall and can produce multiple seed heads on one plant.  The leaves are delicious when young in salads and the seed/grain is know the world over as a nutritious food. 

It can also be used to make some stunning arrangements at the Russian River Winery !

Simple threshing techniques:

Quinoa Growing Instructions

With it's origins in the high Andean plateau, quinoa is best adapted to cooler climates, but will grow in almost any moderate climate.  Keep in mind that those with hot summers may have reduced yields.  Quinoa doesn't like it's roots wet so make sure the soil doesn't stay inundated with water.  Plant 1/2 to 1" deep (depending on soil moisture) into a well prepared seed bed in late spring.  Space plants 3-4" apart on 24" rows for a single-headed crop.  For maximum yield, space plants 12" apart on 24" rows for multi branched plants.  Keep the soil moist while germinating.  
 
Quinoa spends it's first few weeks developing roots, so be vigilant to keep the soil weeded, or weeds can quickly take over a plot. Once the plants start to mature, the seeds will mature from the top of the plant down, allowing for an extended harvest.  If you wait until the whole plant is mature, the top seeds can shatter and be lost, so it's best to harvest the seed heads as they mature from the top down.  
 
Thresh into a clean bucket or garbage can by hitting the seed head against the side, or rubbing the seed head between gloved hands.  Quinoa contains a saponin coating that will need to be rinsed off before eating.  Before eating, soak the seeds for a few minutes, and then place the seeds into a colander under running water until no more foam forms.  
 
Quinoa seeding rate is about 10/lb per acre with yields normally between 1,000-3,000 lb per acre
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