Serbajadi Green Amaranth – Amaranthus spp. (Amaranthaceae)
Also known as Chinese Spinach or edible amaranth, Green Amaranth is a popular vegetable and can be grown quite easily in your garden because it is a tropical plant requiring a high temperature for rapid growth. It is a short-lived annual plant with erect stems which are thick and fleshy. This vegetable is exceptionally nutritious; rich in protein, iron, calcium and vitamin A and C. Green Amaranth is best steamed, stir-fried, mixed in meat or fish dishes.
Type of vegetable: Leafy
Edible parts: Leaves; shoots, stems
DIRECTION OF USE
Best soil: Light, sandy, well-drained and fertile soil.
How to plant: The seeds should be sown very thinly on soil. Seedlings, when they sprout, should be planted about 3-6 inches apart.
When to harvest: 30 days after sowing of seeds when leaves are 6” to 8” (15-25 cm) tall.
How to harvest: For greens, use whole plant when they are small; carefully pull out whole plant from the ground. For large plants, cut off 3” to 4” from base of stems
Care: Keep soil moist. Weed regularly. Nitrogenous fertilisers are required during active growth.
Keep away from children and pets.
Store in cool and dry place away from direct sunlight.