Last updated on December 2nd, 2011
IN YOUR VEGETABLE GARDEN, what will you plant this year that you didn’t plant last year? Perhaps you’d like to try Edamame soybeans (great for breakfast) or Bok Choy (delicious with garlic and soba noodles). Then again, maybe you’d like to join me for an experiment with Amaranthus hypochondriacus:
This ‘Golden Giant’ amaranth produces gorgeous flowers first, and then an abundance of edible seeds. The seeds contain more nutrients and protein than wheat, corn, and most other common grains. Reader Martha told me in the comments of a previous post that just one plant will yield one pound of seeds. And, as a bonus, in the fall I’ll get to “winnow” the seeds (pour them from one bucket to another during a gentle breeze), in order to clean them of dirt and debris. Beautiful blooms, healthy eating, and the fun of winnowing — this amaranth seems like a win-win all around. I can hardly wait to try it.
Which “new” edible will find its way into your garden? Let us know in the comments field below!
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