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# 1349 .. Giant Amaranth Mexico ''Opopeo'' ..25 seeds..Rare..

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Hi ya'l,.... here's our showy ancient giant...... Amaranth Mexico ''Opopeo'' An amazing backdrop for any flower or vegetable garden, Opopeo continues growing taller and taller (8-10’) with an abundance of deep red/burgundy flower spikes from top to bottom..... An incredible and generous cut flower with many more larger main heads and many side shoots. The dark green leaves are edible when young.....Edible seeds....a Heirloom plant... Amaranth seeds are very high in protein, and its a very high-quality protein closer to what you find in soybeans. Unlike other grain plants, amaranth is quite attractive and blooms with cascading spikes of flowers go to seed. The seeds are the grain that you can harvest....'Opopeo' Amaranth is a relatively maintenance-free plant to grow......Fun Facts: Amaranth was known to the Aztecs as huauhtli, it is thought to have represented up to 80% of their caloric consumption... Another important use of amaranth throughout Mesoamerica was to prepare ritual drinks and foods. To this day, amaranth grains are toasted much like popcorn and mixed with honey, molasses or chocolate to make a treat called alegría, meaning "joy" in Spanish.........hummingbirds, bee's, butterflys, and moths feed on amaranth flowers......In China, the leaves and stems are used as a stir-fry vegetable, or in soups....In Africa the root of mature amaranth is a popular vegetable. It is white and cooked with tomatoes or tamarind gravy....In Greece, leaves are boiled, then served with olive oil and lemon juice like a salad, sometimes alongside fried fish.... In Brazil its consumed as a leaf vegetable and cooked, generally accompanying the staple food, rice and beans......The flowers were used by the Hopi (a tribe in the western United States) as the source of a deep red dye....Disclaimer - The herbal information on this post is intended for educational purposes.....The Chinese used amaranth widely for its healing chemicals, treating illnesses such as infections, rashes, and migraines.......In ancient Greece, the amaranth was sacred to Ephesian Artemis. It allegedly had special healing properties as a symbol of immortality, was used to decorate images of the gods and tombs...

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