Callaloo Caribbean Green- Heirloom
100 seeds per pack approx,
Calla-loo vegetable,used in Jamaican,West Indian & Chinese Cuisines (ORGANIC SEEDS).Can be grown as a micro green for salads or cut-and-grow-again method it can be harvested 30 days after sowing.
Callaloo is grown extensively by people living in the Caribbean islands. It is very popular in Trinidad-Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana, Asia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, West Indies, Barbados and Bahamas!
JAMAICAN CALLALOO Also known as Amaranthus cruentus or "edible leaf amaranth," callaloo grows as an annual in the U.S. and is harvested for its leaves and seeds. callaloo is grown extensively in the West Indies, and is popularly used in soups and stews. High in iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamins A and C, as well as protein
The Jamaican callaloo is a dark green leaf vegetable that is native to South America.
The Callaloo is part of the amaranth family. Callaloo is very nutritious particularly potent in irion, vitamin C, flavonoids, calcium, vitamin A, flavonoids and other phytochemicals.
This vegetable taste a bit like spinach and could be used as a substitute. can be used in any recipe calling for spinach or greens, however an abundance of traditional callaloo recipes can be found online.
Grows well on most soil,Requires full sun and moist soil during germination (10-14 days, usually less during 70Â°+ weather). Afterwards keep watered to 1" in depth at all times. Reaches maturity in about 30-40 days.
Edible Amaranth grows very well in warm climates. This fast-growing vegetable can be harvested 30 days after sowing, by the cut-and-grow-again method. Seeds are very small and will germinate best at temperature above 65 F under dark conditions. Thin plants during the growth if necessary and thinnings can be eaten. Edible young leaves and stems are cooked like spinach. Soft texture and tender leaves are excellent for stir-fry and soup.
How to grow:
Prepare your soil for spring planting of the callaloo seeds. Break up the soil to a 12-inch depth using a pitchfork. Test the pH of the soil using a soil testing kit. Callaloo seeds prefer to grow in soil that has a pH between 6.5 and 7.5.
Amend the soil if necessary before sowing your seeds. Add lime to soil with a pH below 6.5 and peat moss to soil with a pH above 7.5. Refer to the required amendment's packaging label for allocation amounts and application requirements.
Sow the callaloo seeds when the outdoor temperatures hold steady at 65 degree Fahrenheit. Sprinkle the seeds over the soil by holding them in the palm of your hand and fanning them out in front of you. Rake the soil lightly afterward to cover the seeds with approximately Â½ inch of soil.
Dampen the soil with water from a garden hose. A light misting is all that is necessary. Keep the soil moist throughout the germination process, which will take about 10 to 14 days.
Continue to maintain moist soil as the callaloo seedlings grow. Once the callaloo seedlings begin to develop their second set of leaves, water to plants more deeply, keeping the soil moist to a 1 inch depth at all times.
Spread a 3-inch layer of bark mulch around the callaloo plants to deter weeds. Mulching will also improve drainage. Harvest the leaves as you need them for your recipes by plucking them off of the plants using your fingertips.
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