C002

Komo

C002

Amaranthus cruentus. Hopi Red Dye.  This beautiful plant can grow 6 ft. tall with long, dark reddish green leaves. Young tender leaves are excellent in salads and add a bright pinkish red accent.  Originally collected in Lower Moenkopi. A top seller!  From our Seed Bank Collection.

  • Origin: High desert but can perform well in low desert also
  • Black seeds
  • Approx. 0.3g/300 seeds per packet.

Note: The Hopi make a scarlet natural food dye to color piki bread. To use Hopi Red Dye for piki or tortillas, soak a large handful of flowers, leaves, and stems in water overnight in water. Mix the water with finely ground cornmeal to the desired consistency. It will result in a pink or fuchsia colored batter. Alternatively grind the flour bracts on a metate and add to cornmeal.

These seeds are part of our conservation program and are not available for purchase. They are only available through Native American Seed Request or Bulk Seed Exchange.

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