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Einkorn Wheat

In this Plant Profile, get specific details, including the characteristics and best uses of Einkorn wheat, one of nine Plant Profiles featured in our Wheat Collection.

Einkorn Wheat

Einkorn Wheat

Cultivated 10,000 years ago, Einkorn is thought to be the oldest form of wheat. Einkorn is easy to grow, is higher in protein than most wheat varieties, and delicious, but it has a low yield. Einhorn is a beautiful addition to the garden, but it holds tight to its hulled seeds, making it difficult to harvest enough berries to make flour.

Characteristics:

  • Comes in both spring and winter varieties
  • Hard hulls are difficult to thresh
  • More digestible for gluten-sensitive people
  • Highly ornamental—good choice for decorative use
  • Best for cooked grains in salads, bowls, and so on

Have you ever grown Einkorn wheat? Please tell us about your experiences with Einkorn.

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