Amaranth-Green Leaf (Callaloo)

Amaranth-Green Leaf (Callaloo)

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Green Leaf Callaloo

Amaranthus viridis

Callaloo is a fast-growing tall leafy green from the amaranth family. You can harvest the young tender leaves or the mature leaves/stems for cooking. It's an incredibly nutritious green that can also be juiced and added to your favorite green juice recipe. The flower buds and seeds can also be eaten. This super-food is high in calcium, potassium, vitamin C, and also provides iron, protein, lysine, and fiber! Like many other fibrous veggies, cooked Callaloo actually has more nutrients than raw. Jamaicans make a very popular dish called Callaloo by stewing the greens with onions, garlic, tomatoes, thyme, and Scotch bonnet peppers.

Grown as a summer crop in Central FL., Harvest as early as 30 days. 

Callaloo is actually the name of the vegetable dish popular around the entire Caribbean. There are many variants across the Caribbean, depending on the availability of local vegetables. The main ingredient is always an indigenous leafy vegetable, traditionally either an amaranth (known by many local names including callaloo), taro (known by many local names, including dasheeen bushcallaloo bushcallaloo, or bush), malanga (known by many names, including coco & tannia), and many others.

Approximately 300-400 seeds per .25g

Days to germination  10-20
Days to maturity 30 days
Life cycle Annual (self seeding)
Plant time Spring through Summer; harvest all summer, into Fall
Spacing 8-12 inches
Sun Full sun to part shade
Soil temperature 70-90 degrees F
Optimum soil P.H 6.0-7.0
Height 24-36 inches
Harvest tips Harvest amaranth leaves as needed. The younger leaves are better raw and the older leaves are better cooked due to oxalates. Tip the plant for a more bushy plant. Seeds are eaten as a healthy grain. 

Our aim is to fulfill your order as quickly as possible. While most orders are processed within 7 days, we understand that sometimes it may take longer. Please note that expedited shipping options like Next Day Air or 2nd Day Air only affect the transit time once your order leaves our facility, not the preparation time.

Pickup Orders
Pickup orders are typically ready within 2-4 days. If you require it sooner, please let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate you. For bagged soil pickup orders, please refer to the details below. Once your pickup order is ready, we will contact you (usually by text) to schedule a 2-hour pickup appointment window. Pickup times are available 7 days a week, between 7 am and 9 pm. Your order will be placed under the brown tent in front of our location at 7409 N Highland Ave Tampa, FL 33604, for easy pickup.

Live Plants
For out-of-state orders, we ship on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Florida orders are shipped on Mondays or Tuesdays. If you place an out-of-state order on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, it will likely be shipped the following Tuesday or Wednesday. Florida orders placed on Sunday or Monday may be shipped the following week. We schedule shipments this way to ensure that live plants don't travel over the weekend, minimizing any potential damage.

Seed Orders
Our seed packets are prepared over the weekend. Orders consisting only of seeds are shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Bulk Soil
After you place your order, we will contact you to arrange the soil delivery. Please note that our trailer or dump truck is large and heavy, with a limited turning radius. We cannot be held responsible for any damage within 1.5 ft of the edge of the driveway or the designated delivery area. If there are plants, grass, artificial turf, sprinkler heads, or any other items within 1.5 ft of the edge, they may be damaged. We are not liable for any damage unless it is due to gross driver negligence. Driveway surfaces (concrete, shell, pavers, turf, etc.) and anything within 1.5 ft of the drive may experience cracking, splitting, breaking, depressions, tracks, etc. Please be aware that large item deliveries carry inherent risks. If the driver determines that it is unsafe to dump the soil in your desired location, they will either choose a safe alternative or the soil will not be delivered, but the delivery fee will still apply.

Bagged Soil
We fill bagged soil orders every Wednesday. If your order is placed after 4 pm on Tuesday, it will be filled on the following Wednesday. Once your bags of soil are ready, we will follow the regular pickup protocol mentioned above.

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