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Buy Callaloo Seeds

Callaloo (Amaranthus cruentus sp.) is usually regarded as an unwelcome weed in western agriculture, but it is a fantastically nutritious vegetable, appreciated most other places it grows. Amaranths are relatives of spinach and have a similar flavor. They use the C-4 metabolic pathway, which enables explosive growth under good conditions, growing up to 8 feet tall in just a few months.

We distribute two species of amaranth that are cultivated as vegetables and or grains, here referred to according to their seed color (white and black). The leaves and young stems of both species are cooked as a potherb, but the leaves of the black seed type are softer and tastier.The white see type can be grown for amaranth grain. The black seed type reseeds itself abundantly, while the white seed type germinates sparsely in natural soil. Both can be started in seed trays, but their growth will be stunted considerably, compared to those that were direct-seeded. They are a very fast crop, and many successive rotations can be grown throughout a warm season.

It is an African species grown for its delicious large leaves and soft stems, and is used as a potherb (it is not eaten raw). It is enjoyed throughout the Caribbean, and our seed line came from Jamaica. Seeds may be broadcast and then thinned. They grow fast and tall, and will produce seed even if most of the plant has been eaten. Amaranths are full of vitamins and minerals, and even some protein. The nutritious nature of these plants has not escaped the notice of just about every species of caterpillar, so you would be well advised to pick up a bottle of concentrated BT and a spray bottle to mix and spray the plants with if you encounter problems.

Spacing: Black: 2′ apart or wider, rows 5′ apart or more. The white kind is sparsely branched and not so wide, plant 1-2′ apart in rows 5′ apart. Plants started in pots will be much smaller, and can be planted more densely.

Soil: We’ve only observed them growing in agricultural soils that have been limed. The high calcium content of the plant indicates that they may be unhappy in strongly acidic soil. They will grow and produce decently in old garden beds that have not had fresh manure, and are not regularly irrigated, but can grow rapidly to colossal sizes if well fertilized and watered.

Water: They tolerate mild droughts and resume growth when rain returns, but severe droughts will be severely damaging.

Sun: Full.

Cold: They are summer annuals, and will be killed by frost, but they also grow very rapidly to a size that would be worth harvesting, so you can sometimes get a small crop out during the winter in North Florida if we have a month or so without frost.

Propagation: For the black type, you can let old plants go to seed, and theyโ€™ll come up again on their own. Also collect branches and dry them, shake out seeds onto new spot. This should work for the white kind too. Seed trays are also useful to control spacing and ensure even stand establishment.

Pests: Beetles and caterpillars can devour the leaves and ruin crops. Spraying with BT should help.

Harvesting, storage, and preparation: Cut 1-3 feet off of branches and eat the whole thing. Leave at least two feet of stump to grow new branches. Stems of young plants are quite palatable, even when larger than 1โ€ across. When plants approach flowering, stems become fibrous. Chop and boil leaves and stems together and drain for a simple spinach or add to stir-fries and curries. Use in any recipe designed for cooked spinach (such as quiche), or use in traditional African and Caribbean recipes. Cooking with Callaloo

Callaloo Leaves White Callaloo callaloo1

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pdf Callaloo Information Sheet
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31 comments to Callaloo

  • Anne Blanchard

    where can I purchase Callaloo seeds



  • R Mundhenk

    I too am trying to located Callaloo seeds. We had the most wonderful callaloo soup in Grenada.

  • B. Jones

    Please send me information where to buy callaloo seeds.

  • T. Martin

    I recently bought a callaloo wrap at a local Caribbean restaurant. It was d-licious. Where can I buy callaloo seeds in the metro DC area or perhaps by mail order?

  • A Buchenau

    Very interested in buying callaloo seeds and would love some information

  • I am desperate to find some CALLALOO SEEDS or plants for my kitchen garden.

    Please help.
    Thank you.

  • Kathy

    Hi! Just got back from Jamaica where I ate Callaloo all week long! Please send me info so that I can get some seeds and grow this at home! Much tastier than spinach.

  • Shreela

    “they are a wetland plant, and may not do well in your garden.”

    They’d grow well for me if they can survive the occasional flooding.

  • Michael

    Sheela’s quote was regarding a native wetland amaranth, not the callaloo we sell. They can grow with their roots under a foot or so of water, and grow a thick buttress like a cypress. We do not supply seeds for Amaranthus australis, but they grow in Paynes Prairie, and some of the marshy edges of Orange Lake, Newnan’s Lake, and Lake Wauburg. Seeds should be collectable late summer and fall.

  • michelle

    Please tell me where to buy calallo seeds i am from jamaica and i cannot find them

  • Sarah

    Hey there – I’m in the Boston area and am looking for seeds as well…please email me if any of you find them!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Fran Bull

    Has anyone found a source for the seeds of Callaloo/Amaranthus gangeticus?

  • Lucus

    I bought some Jamaican callaloo seed on ebay uk. The seller has put up another packet Item number: 320456986998

  • Primrose

    Searching for callalloo seeds cant find them anywhere. Please if any one know where i can get some please email me at primrosewalker@gmail.com.

  • Gregory Hall

    I, like everyone else is trying to find callaloo seed, however, I have and additional quest. Scotch Bonnet pepper seed also used in caribean and Jamaican recipes. If any one has a source for either of these E-mail me at GHall001@wowway.com I would be very grateful
    Thank You,


  • Jeanne

    please advise where I can purchase callaloo seeds. After having it in Jamaica I would like to grow my own

  • oliver

    need to but calaloo seed any idea

  • Laura

    Please let me know where I can purchase callaloo seeds?

  • Finally! We have seeds for sale!!!
    They are just $5 a packet – please specify whether you’d like white or black seeds (or one packet of each i.e. $10!)
    Cash or Check only to:
    Miranda Castro, 4474 NW 1st Ave, Gainesville, FL 32607

  • Nydia

    Do you still have seeds for sale

  • Konrad Wishardt

    I have callaloo seeds available. Aprrox. 1500 seeds for US $4.00, free shipping within the United States.
    These are the large leaf variety from Hanover, Jamaica.

  • Linda Hefner

    Callaloo seeds???

  • kemo

    What it the seed are closely sowed

  • Marlene

    We have Callaloo seeds we got from Baker Seed Company. We were hoping they would be the black variety but we didn’t realize till opening the packet they were white. That’s okay, I guess they sell them here in California because the black would be much more invasive. We’re excited to plant them on a strip of our driveway (many, many feet away from our edible garden) where currently only crab grass grows.

  • happi

    i almost threw out a little envelope found in an empty pot purchased @an estate sale..”callaloo seeds” is hand written on one side. i looked in my dictionary, after not finding callaloo in my garden book..Something was defined as an African plant..Again, i went to throw envelope in trash. hesitating, i looked up plant here and found Ur site-and, behold!-a wonderful plethora of info! today, i will set seeds into starter cups and add to garden when they sprout! thank U so very much! im anxious to taste Callaloo-black seed variety ๐Ÿ™‚

  • please let us know if they germinate!

  • They’ll be back for sale on the website later this week Linda! You’re on our mailing list so you’ll be the first to know

  • Bakisi Nsimba

    I have both white seeds and black seeds. They originally came from Congo Democratic Republic. I successfully grew them in California and now I am doing it in NC. Sometimes, you can have a wild Callaway plant emerge from a bunch. Let leaves look less healthier but equally tastier. Let me know if anybody is interested and we can arrange getting the seeds to the destination.

  • Julia Saxton

    Sowed some black seeds of callaloo Jamaican greens in peat pots using 2 strong plant lights. The seeds sprouted in 2 to 3 weeks. PlanTS have been outside since. Plants are not but 6 or 8 inches tall and are not dark green; more just a light green color.

    The plants have been outside for 5 weeks now. Help.

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