Friday, 24 October 2008

Amaranth (Βλήτα)

vlita amaranth going to seed in october

The amaranth plants which provided me throughout the summer with my wild greens, are now in full flower, waiting for a sharp wind to shake off their seeds, which will hibernate in the soil until mid-spring, when they start sprouting without any help at all, to give us our summer vlita.

vlita amaranth

A slightly more spectacular vlita is found in my neighbour's garden, with a red ferny frond instead of the common light green. Both varieties are edible.