Huauzontle ~ Red Aztec Spinach (Amaranth)

Huauzontle ~ Red Aztec Spinach (Amaranth)

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Red Aztec Spinach (Huauzontle), Chenopodium berlandieri
If you’ve tried amaranth, lambs quarter, or goosefoot as salad or micro-greens, you should try this. The germination is terrific. Young seedlings begin bright red, then look like lambs quarter with reddish undersides and a crisper leaf. Gives the salad mix a wilder look and taste. Leaves and seed heads become bright red with maturity. 

This goosefoot species (say “wah-zont-lay”) is found in archeological association with first peoples, all the way from the Aztecs of tropical Central America, north and east into the southern Appalachian cave-sheltering tribes. The agricultural sophistication of attending cultures has been inferred from the degree of seed coat thinning (a result of domestication) in seed from midden sites verses wild seeds of the same era. Aztecs prepared high protein dishes using the immature bright red seed heads and leaves. The plant looks intermediate between a lambs quarter and a quinoa in all respects, including seeds size and seed coat thickness. Suggested for salad use like its relatives, with a nice sweet and salty taste. Seeds germinate readily in 3 days, like quinoa—more reliable than lambs quarter.

Approximately 500 Seeds per/pkg.