Amaranthus ‘Hot Biscuits’ is a rather splendid ornamental addition to the garden and the vase. This gorgeous and graceful amaranth feature bold spikes of coppery-bronze branching plumes that rise above the foliage from early summer to mid autumn. It’s large textured pointy leaves remain green in colour throughout the season.
The branching plumes stand upright and grow to a height of around 120cm (48in) tall. It is easily grown in even poor soil and can handle a variety of conditions, both humid and dry.
Suitable for use in the border or in containers, the showy spikes of flowers make an excellent cut flower and make exciting vase material that hold their colour longer than other amaranths, making it great for flower arrangements.
This ever-popular annual is perhaps more versatile than you might imagine. The plants are good in the border and the long panicles are most effective as a cut flower in arrangements, and, not often appreciated, if carefully dried, the colour of the spikes remains unchanged for a considerable time.
For those, however, with more serious matters to worry about, this is a very productive plant that can produce up to half a pound of nutritious seed to the square metre. This species was in use as a food source as early as 4000 BC. In France the leaves are still used in the same way as spinach, they are rich in vitamins and minerals.
The seeds are eaten as a cereal grain; they can be ground into flour, popped like popcorn or cooked into porridge. Use it to replace up to ¼ of the flour in any bread recipe for a protein-rich enhancement. While it is no longer a staple food, it is still grown and sold as a health food.
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