Chinese spinach, Yin choi (Amaranth)

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Chinese spinach, Yin choi

Unlike most varieties of Amaranth, which are harvested for their grain, this variety is cultivated for its leaves. Leaves are large and teardrop-shaped, light green on the outer edges and striking magenta in the center.

Days in the Nursery
12-14 days

Harvest Cycle
5 weeks of intermittent harvesting-- 6 weeks to full harvest

Yield Per Shelf
3-6 lbs/Harvest Cycle

Flavor Characteristics
Nutty, fresh, sweet, tangy

Thinning technique

After you've transplanted your seedlings to the growing shelf. Each pod should be thinned to 1 - 2 seedlings. To do this pull out the excess seedlings using a pair of tweezers or your fingers gently.

Harvesting technique

Harvest in one of two ways.

  1. Harvest the larger, lower leaves at the base of each leaf stem.

  2. Harvest the main stalk at a leaf node. A leaf node is where a secondary stalk emerges from between the “V” of a smaller stalk and the main stalk.