Amaranth/Callaloo, 'Suriname'

(Amaranthus sp.) We’ve grown ornamental amaranths for many years, and while we’ve long known them to be nutrient-dense greens (as well as beautiful blooms), we hadn't really pursued much of a culinary relationship with the plant. This variety was shared with us by fellow seedsman/breeder Jay Bost of Go Farm Hawaii as his favorite for the greens heavy Caribbean staple dish callaloo. Different greens are used in different regions but in the southern Caribbean (Suriname, Guyana) it's amaranth. This variety is originally from Suriname and Jay has grown it for years first in Florida, and then Oahu so we naturally thought it would be a perfect fit for the PNW(!). Fortunately, Amaranth is not a picky plant (pigweed anyone?) and it grew a lush bushy forest of greens with unruly sprays of copper seedheads to 7’. Tender young greens are best and the bushy plants provideth aplenty. Like all amaranths, best not to let it go to seed!
50 days, greens. UO

Packet: 150 seeds


Product Code: AMA-SU-pkt

Availability:In stock

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Growing Info


Sow indoors 4-6 weeks before your last frost.

Transplant out after last frost.

May be direct seeded after last frost.

Note: Slow growing until warmer weather. Blink and they are big! 




12-15" between plants in rows 18" apart.


7-10 days @ soil temp 70-80F


Full sun


Low to average. Well-drained soil is preferred although they are rather forgiving.


Remember, amaranth loves warm weather and will grow very slowly until it warms up. You may use row cover to keep them warm after transplanting.

Edible seeds and young leaves for you and other critters. To harvest seeds, wait until flowers are firm and dry to the touch. Seed will rub out easily in your hands and plumes/stalks may be cut and tarped or hung to dry further. Protect from the birds if you're not into sharing!

It is truly best Not to let amaranth go to seed in the field/garden unless you're really into the spring greens!