Each year I plant a food garden and a flower garden. However, nothing makes me happier than to discover a beautiful addition to the flower garden that is also edible. It’s so efficient.
Recently I learned about Callaloo, a Jamaican name for the amaranth plant, which has both edible leaves and seeds. Both crops are highly nutritious.
e-How contributor Eleanor Jewell offers the following information:
Amaranth is self-seeding.
Also known as Amaranthus cruentus or “edible red leaf amaranth,” callaloo grows as an annual in the U.S. and is harvested for its leaves and seeds. This heat-loving plant grows from seeds sown in sunny, well-drained soil during the early spring, soon after the final frost of winter. The deep-green, edible foliage of the plant gives way to showy, red blooms that look magnificent adorning a flowerbed. The edible parts of the plant are low in saturated fats and contain beneficial nutrients such as protein, lysine and fiber