I’ve finally been able to grow edible Amaranth leaves, also called bitekuteku in my native Congo or Callaloo in Jamaica. I’ve had it cooked in many different ways and love it every time. Callaloo greens are very nutritious. They are rich in iron, vitamin C, flavonoids, calcium, vitamin A, and other phytochemicals.
1. Plant your seeds at the end of spring
I planted my seeds right at the start of May since Callaloo seeds germinate best at temperatures above 65 degrees F. And they usually germinate between 10 to 14 days.
I tested my soil to make sure it had a pH between 6.5 and 7.5. Because my soil’s pH was below 6.5, I added some ground limestone to raise the pH.
2. Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep with a little space between them
I didn’t space out my seeds and had to uproot and replant some of my seedlings to give them space to grow. Make sure the soil remains moist during the germination process.
3. Add some mulch the growing plants
Mulching prevents weed infestation and improves drainage.
4. Place your callaloo plants in full sun
Callaloo greens grow best in a warm climate and don’t need a lot of watering once they mature. They usually reach maturity in 30 to 40 days form germination.