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from Kings seeds
Heirloom used as a base for making jams and preserves. The fruit grows and outwardly looks like a Watermelon. However the flesh is white, non sweet and once the pips are removed makes an excellent medium for preserving jams, fruits, pickles etc. Kept whole the fruit will last up to six months if stored cool and dry. Treat as you would a Watermelon. Harvest fruit in the autumn when the vine starts to die back.
I haven't grown it, but looking at the pictures I would be tempted to use it as a winter melon, which I use in making asian style soups. Would love to try one if you have one to barter and are in the chch area.
Kali, I use amaranth in salads. my favourite mix is to mix cooked buckwheat, lentils de puy, onions, pepper, french dressing. Add the amaranth last. No need to cook it as it will absorb moisture from the other ingredients.
The quinnoa is actually quite easy to take off the stems as long as they are 100% dry. soom I picked, aren't so I have them out on the deck drying a bit more.
Tickled new potatoes today and picked zucchini and mesclun mix. Tomatoes are great, and beans are firing away.
Have a very Merry Christmas everyone.
Hi Moggy, that is the thing with growing grains like quinoa isn't it, separating the seeds out is fiddly, let us know how you get on with that!
I still have some of last years heads of pygmy torch amaranth with seeds needing to be separated out, I heard you could pop them like popcorn, in a pan, but they just burnt...so not sure how to use them.
my 10 year old made some christmas mince pies today, with some green tomato fruit mince I made last season and stored in the freezer, yummo, they look amazing, he is so chuffed!
we should have some little new spuds for tomorrow, I haven't looked in the tyre yet, it will be a xmas surprise lol
and there are some homegrown strawberries for the pav.
Have a good day everyone, best wishes for an Ooooby xmas.
Very warm outside already - heading for 35+ today!
Harvested a pile of eggplant and a massive zucchini, tomatoes, 3 cucumbers and broccoli!
I have been harvesting my quinnoa. This was an experiemntal crop and I had no idea how it would do. But out of I think 6 plants I should have at least 1/2 kilo. The seeds I sowed last year were from supermarket quinnoa, I didn't get too much last year, but I kept the seed. This year I sowed them in the tunnel house (hydroponic) and they were incredible.
Going to take a while to get all the seeds off though.
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