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Wheat


Most of Jim’s wheat collection is older varieties plus a couple of more recent ones that are recommended for wheat weaving. They generally grow 3′ – 5′ tall and mature easily. They range from the Triticum monococcum varieties, which date back to the beginnings of agriculture, to the products of Canada’s wheat breeding program this past century (with date of introduction in brackets following the name). Wheats are all very decorative but Utrecht Blue, the four Triticum monococcums, Polish, Vavilov and Emmer would be especially attractive in dried arrangements. If you are thinking of growing your own wheat for eating, Spelt, Emmer, Utrecht Blue and Triticum monococcum are generally very difficult to thresh by hand. Each year we grow a part of our wheat collection at St. Peter’s Abbey at Muenster, please feel free to come visit and tour the gardens if you are in the area!

Wild Einkorn

Wild Einkorn is an ancestor of einkorn wheats. It is a hulled wheat with flat tan/brown heads with long beards. Dehulled seeds are very similar to einkorn seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Triticum Ovatum

Triticum Ovatum is a hulled wheat with long blonde slender heads and long blonde beards.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Black Tip

Black Tip is a short durum wheat with light coloured heads contrasted with dark awns.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Purple Wheat

Purple Wheat is a bearded bread wheat with purple seeds plants reaching to 4’.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
T. Militinae

Triticum Militinae is a species wheat that has flat compact dark heads with lighter long beards. Seeds are longer, slimmer, and darker than modern bread wheat.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Polish

Thanks to some help in identifying our wheats, we now know that this is our only sample of Triticum polonicum, a sample we received from the gene bank. It has very long, very loose heads with fairly short beards and long seed, about twice the size of ordinary wheat.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Peru Trigo

Peru Trigo (means wheat in Spanish) is a sample of wheat from Peru that looks like a hard white spring type. Some variability in the plants but mostly bearded compact heads.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Utrecht Blue

This is the most decorative wheat in Jim’s collection. The blue heads with black beards bend over when mature. This variety was still grown around Utrecht (Netherlands) in the early 1900’s. We finally have a definitive classification of it as an emmer with the name Triticum dicoccum var. atratum. Weight of 100 seeds about 5.1grams.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
T. Isphanicum

Triticum Isphanicum is a species wheat that has grey-green plants with weak stems that lodge easily. The heads are slender with medium beards and the seeds are long and slender, looking more like a wheat grass than a wheat. Named after a city in Iran.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
T. Jacubzineri

Triticum Jacubzineri is a species wheat that has tall blue-grey plants that are a bit late maturing. The heads are large and slightly branched with medium beards.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
T. Petropavlovskyi

Triticum Petropavlovskyi is a species wheat that has dark green plants with fairly short plump heads with long beards. Large blond seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Zhukovsky

Another ancient cultivated grain from the Republic of Georgia. Heads somewhat longer than Timopheevi, about 5cm long, and bearded.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Timopheevi

An ancient grain cultivated in the Republic of Georgia. With its slender stems and flat heads, it looks like a larger, more robust Einkorn and is also difficult to thresh.

OUT OF STOCK

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Poulard

Very similar to Rivet Wheat, an old wheat species with large blond grains that are used in the production of pasta. Poulard has plump blond heads with black beards, somewhat like durum wheat.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Rivet

An old wheat species with large blond grains that are used in the production of pasta. Rivet has branched heads like Vavilov and is also bearded.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Vavilov

Named after the great Russian plant scientist and collector. This old wheat has a very irregular seed head and is somewhat difficult to thresh.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Polish Khorassan

Polish Khorassan is what we have been growing as Polish wheat but have finally got it identified as a Triticum turanicum. The seeds are very similar to “Khorassan” but the blond bearded heads are shorter.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Barrel

A retired farmer from Humboldt gave Jim a sample that he called Barrel Wheat or Red Club Wheat. It has short plump beardless heads producing red kernels, a bit smaller than modern wheats, which are semi-hard and low protein. According to the literature it comes from a cross between a club wheat and a bread wheat in 1899 at Washington Agricultural Experimental Station. It was distributed to farmers in 1907 and has been grown almost exclusively in eastern Washington State.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Club

Widely grown for food before common bread wheat dominated wheat growing. Club Wheat has short heads and beards, a good yield, threshes easily and produces plump blond kernels. Breeding work was done on club wheat in the northwestern US a hundred years or so ago and it became a minor crop there.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Dwarf Indian

Short and very upright. The heads are rather short and look like bottle cleaning brushes. The kernels are plump and almost round.

OUT OF STOCK

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Fall Spelt

Spelt has long (up to 6”) slim heads which break easily. Plants and heads bend over when ripe. Late in the fall of 2010, Jim seeded a Fall Spelt. It came up perfectly the following spring and produced a good crop.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Spring Spelt

Spelt has long (up to 6”) slim heads which break easily. Plants and heads bend over when ripe. Until recently, we had only been growing Spring Spelt.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Dark Hulled Emmer

Dark Hulled Emmer has tall plants with broad grey-green leaves. The long black heads have long blond beards. We have been selecting for the darkest heads.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Abyssinian

Abyssinian is an emmer with a bit shorter heads and a bit earlier maturing than the above cultivar.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Emmer

Emmer is tall, with long bearded light brown heads that bend over when mature.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
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