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August 28, 2008 / Bo Mackison

“Biscuit” Amaranth

Biscut Amaranth

"Biscuit" Amaranth

This ‘Biscuit’ Amaranth was just one of thousands of plants on display at the University of Wisconsin – West Madison Agricultural Research Station as they held their Annual Field Day. Trial fields of annuals, perennials, native grasses, vegetables and fruits were on display. Gardening tips and problem shooting were provided by the Master Gardeners of Dane County.

The gardens are open to the public every day from dawn to dusk. What a wonderful resource for area gardeners!


  1. Anna Surface / Aug 29 2008 5:49 am

    Wow! You sure do have a lot of nice places to visit in and around Madison. I sure would enjoy the gardens! I really like this shot of Amaranth. It reminds me somewhat of millet. I like the deep rich colors and patterns. 🙂

  2. Laurie / Aug 29 2008 9:52 am

    Fascinating plant.

  3. Robin / Aug 29 2008 9:57 am

    What a cool looking plant! Great shot, Bo. Ditto what Anna said. 🙂

  4. Marcie / Aug 29 2008 12:46 pm

    Really unusual. Love the color contrasts..and how they fill the frame.

  5. organicsyes / Aug 29 2008 1:58 pm

    I love the word “biscut” cool plant!

  6. visuallens / Aug 30 2008 12:08 pm

    Bo! You must have lots of photos taken in this West Madison Agricultural Research Station. This ‘Biscuit’ Amaranth is really different and the name too.

  7. amuirin / Sep 1 2008 4:36 pm

    I can’t figure out why they call it that. The color, maybe?

  8. Bo / Sep 2 2008 5:22 am

    If my biscuits are this deep color of brown, it usually means they’ve baked too long. I haven’t a single idea why they would have picked such a name, but I’ll see if I come across any clues with a bit if research.

  9. Bo / Sep 2 2008 6:21 am

    Amuirin, I did my homework and here is a quote right out of some Japanese study.

    “Biscuit using amaranth as raw material of the confectionery in which egg, milk and soybean as allergen are removed.Amaranth supplements the reduction of nutritional value by removing egg and milk, it has the taste which does not hurt good taste, and it was adopted as it had low possibility of becoming allergen.”

    The source is

  10. Amelia / Sep 2 2008 5:57 pm

    The biscuts sound very odd eating.

  11. Gandalf / Sep 3 2008 6:54 am

    wonderful contrast.

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