I've been pouring over seed catalogs the past couple of weeks. One of the things we will be ordering this year is Amaranth. What an interesting plant.
I've become fascinated with it and have read many articles about it. I am surprised more people don't grow it. " The attraction of the crop to both earlier civilizations and modern
consumers is the highly nutritious, golden seed. Amaranth seeds are
unusually high in protein for a non-legume, running around 14 to 16%
protein. Even better, the protein is well balanced in amino acids, and
is high in lysine, an amino acid most grains are deficient in (legumes
also have high lysine)." It's grown around the world. From Africa, India, China, Russia, South America and Mexico people use it for grain, greens, and ground for flour. The grain is similar to Quoina and can be used like rice or popped as a treat. The leaves are edible and similar to spinach. I'm hoping the rabbits will like it too but I'm pretty sure they will.
Amaranth is also drought tolerant and is supposed to grow well in many climates. It's actually in the pigweed family. Oh, and did I mention it is a beautiful plant ?? It has huge colorful seed heads. Shoot.... All that and pretty too??? I mean.... I've just GOT to try this! We have a perfect spot picked out to grow it too. It grows pretty tall and will make a nice "hedge" along the front of part of the property.
So with some of the generous Christmas donation from a wonderful reader (THANK YOU!!! You know who you are!!) one of the types of seed I'll be ordering is some Amaranth and giving it a shot this year.
As if that wasn't awesome enough, I got a big surprise in the mail yesterday. My Mom sent me an early birthday present. My birthday isn't till the 14th but she's good like that. LOL We were on the phone talking about the neighbors wanting us to take some of their chickens off their hands. Their rooster population is growing more than they want to deal with and they aren't "into" killing chickens. So if we will "help them out" they are going to give us some laying hens too. What a deal, right? I mentioned to my Mom that I wanted to get a big pot to dunk them in. Anyway..... (and yes, my conversations wander the same as my writing :P) Obviously she was listening closer than I thought. I was So surprised when I opened the box and saw this beautiful 16 quart stainless steel pot. I just love it!! It's going to get a workout for sure. It's even tall enough I can use it as a water bath canner for my quart jars. And boy oh boy I could sure make up a big ol' batch of soup or chili or beans or ..... Anyway, Thank you Mom and Sandy. It's an awesome present and will get much use.