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Denisse's Amaranthe Harvest

posted Nov 11, 2012, 1:11 PM by Carlie Sanford   [ updated Jul 25, 2014, 6:48 PM ]
After a great summer season we are finally winding down for winter. The seed collective has had our fall meeting (details will be posted soon) and a few of our members recently attended the BC seed seminar. One of our members, Denise Lagasse, shares her story of amaranth harvest this year:

"This year growing amaranth was a real joy and success. The color is always spectacular and for one short row mixed with some sunflowers, the yield was a medium sized jar full.
Consider that by adding 1 to 2 Tablespoons of amaranth seed to your pot of oatmeal or rice, you make a complete protein. To harvest amaranth, cut the stalks and hang them upside down to dry over a large tarp.
Seeds will start to fall and collect on the tarp and in a couple of weeks you can give each stalk a good rub down and shake to get all of the seed. This really minimizes the amount of chaff in the grain. 
Put the amaranth in a bowl, and place a vacuum cleaner hose up above the bowl and allow the chaff to be sucked up. Or you can spend time using your breath to blow the chaff off the top and over the sides of the bowl."