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Emmer Wheat

Emmer Wheat

Emmer Wheat

Emmer Wheat

Emmer Wheat

Nicknamed the “Pharoah’s wheat,” Emmer is one of the first crops domesticated in the Near East and is known as farro in Italy. A hulled wheat with long, graceful awns, this ancient wheat produces good yields in poor soil and is resistant to fungal diseases such as stem rust, making Emmer a good choice for both mountainous and wet areas. Its high nutritional value has made Emmer popular again among chefs and growers.

Characteristics:

  • Hulled with long awns
  • Comes in both spring and winter varieties
  • Resistant to fungal diseases
  • Rich in fiber, magnesium, and protein
  • Eat cooked grains in salads and soups or mill to make flavorful bread

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

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