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!
Triticum Petropavlovskyi is a species wheat that has dark green plants with fairly short plump heads with long beards. Large blond seeds.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Species
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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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.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Species
Black Einkorn has flat black heads that are not very long and resemble the heads of crested wheat grass.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Einkorn / Decorative
Blond Einkorn is very similar to Black Einkorn but the plants are shorter and the blond heads are also shorter.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Einkorn
Despite its name, Alaska Spelt is a Triticum monococcum, and as such resembles the two preceding varieties. It is the tallest of the four einkorns and has rich yellow brown seed heads.
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Blé Dur Arcour has small flat blond heads with short beards (like Blond) but, unusual for an einkorn, most of the hulls are removed during threshing.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / 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.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Einkorn
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.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Decorative / Species
Emmer is tall, with long bearded light brown heads that bend over when mature.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Emmer
Abyssinian is an emmer with a bit shorter heads and a bit earlier maturing than the above cultivar.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / 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.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Decorative / Emmer
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.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Decorative / 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.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Decorative / Spelt