Updated on January 17, 2013
2013 Amaranth - Grain Types
Amaranth culture: For leaf-type Amaranth see the listing under Greens in the vegetable section. Plant early in the season, thin to 1 plant every 6 to 8 inches for best results. Packet plants 50 to 100 foot of row.
Mayo Indian: 90 days. Black seeded, robust plants. When the first seed heads were cut, it re-grew more for a second crop. Pkt. $1.50 OG
Orange Giant: 110 days. Huge 7 to 8 foot plants, loaded with gorgeous burnt orange seed heads. Pkt. $1.50
Red Amaranth: 95 days. Deep red seed heads. Pkt. $1.50 (Limit 1 Pkt.) OG
Red Leaf Grain: 105 days. Red foliage and flower heads. Pkt. $2.00 OG (Limit 1 Pkt.)
Neiger: A black seeded type that is sown in the Spring for a mid-summer harvest. The seed heads and awns are a black color and very attractive in flower arrangements. (Unavailable for 2013)
Lentil culture: Plant when you plant peas. They grow best in cool weather. My college years were spent in the pea and lentil growing region of the Northwest. Lentil fields are beautiful and the seeds are very nutritious. Packet contains 1 oz. and plants about a 25 foot row.
Black Beluga: Small, black-seeded lentil. Pkt. $1.75 OG
French Green: Nice, green lentils. Excellent for soup. This type is best for sprouting. Pkt. $1.75 OG
Green: Large flattened gray green lentil that is a bit easier to grow than others as well as a much larger seed. Pkt. $1.75
Linticchie Verdi: A greenish tan lentil of Mediterranean origin. Pkt. $3.00
Petite Castillo: Extremely small, less than half the size of a regular lentil. Pkt. $3.50
Sesame culture: Plant after frost is past. Thin to 1 plant every 4 inches. Care must be taken at harvest to keep the seed from sheltering onto the ground. One packet will plant 25 to 30 foot row.
Line 31: White seeded plants grow to about 3 1/2 to 4 feet tall. Pkt. $2.00 OG
Black: Shades of dark brown to black, Taller and more irregular than Line 31. Pkt. $1.50 OG
Sorghum culture: Plant after frost has passed and the soil has warmed. Plants do best when there are only 3 to 4 plants per foot of row. More drought tolerant than corn. Packets contain 1 oz. of seed (unless otherwise noted) which should plant around 100 foot of row.
Broom CornPrimary use is for decoration and for making brooms. Also makes good bird feed.
Black Seeded Hungarian: 130 days. A broom corn with 16 inch plus length brooms with deep black seeds on 8 to 10 foot stalks. Pkt. $1.50; 4 Pkts./$5.00 OG
Iowa Red: 110 days. Nice 8 to 9 foot tall broom corn. The seed is red and the straw is golden with reddish streaks. Pkt. $1.50 OG
Red Seeded Broom: 130 days. A broom corn with nice broom straw. Very ornamental. Pkt. $2.00 OG
White Seeded Broom: 115 days. White seeded version of broom corn. 0.5 oz. Pkt. - 1 Pkt. $2.00 OG
Grain SorghumUsed for feed grain and human consumption.
Black African: 90 days. Early, black seeded, darker grain sorghum. Pkt. $2.00 OG
Black Seeded: 105 days. Black seeds on 7 inch heads on 7 foot stalks. Excellent ornamental, also good bird seed producer. Pkt. $1.50; 4 Pkts./$5.00 OG
Crookneck Milo: 110 days. Crookneck seed heads, some straight heads occur. (Unavailable for 2013)
Tarahumara Popping: 100 days. Seed frequently used after popping and then ground into a flour. We tried popping some in an air popper (used for popcorn) and it made a very nutritious snack with a good, nutty flavor (looked like mini-popcorn). (Unavailable for 2013)
Texicoa: 100 days. 40 inches tall, white-seeded grain sorghum. Pkt. $2.00 OG (Limit 1 Pkt.)
Sweet SorghumUsed for making syrup.
Honey Drip: 120 days. Heirloom producing many tillers. (Unavailable for 2013)
Iowa Sweet: 125 days. A very sweet sugar cane type, reaches about 9 feet tall with nice thick juicy stalks. (Unavailable for 2013)
Mennonite: 95 days. 7 feet tall. Good flavor. Pkt. $3.00 OG
Rox Orange: 115 days. A sweet sorghum, 7 to 8 feet tall. Pkt. $1.50; 4 Pkt. $5.00 OG
Salts Red: 105 days. Nice, red-seeded, loose grain head. Sweet Sorghum from Missouri. Pkt. $2.50 OG
Sand Mountain: 100 days. 8 feet tall. Good flavor. Another Southern Missouri heirloom. Pkt. $2.50 OG
Sugar Drip: 110 days. Southern sugar syrup type. 1 Pkt. $3.00 OG (Limit 1 Pkt.)
White African: 120 days. Tall (8 to 10 feet) sweet cane sorghum with white seeds. (Unavailable for 2013)
Yellow Bonnet: 120 days. Cane sorghum heirloom from Southern Missouri. Pkt. $2.00 OG
Brown Teff: A graceful grass, landscape plant. Seed is very tiny. Used as a cereal grain. Pkt. $1.50