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Turkey Red Winter Wheat

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

Turkey red winter wheat

Turkey red winter wheat

Turkey Red is a popular heirloom hard red winter wheat. Its name comes from the country where it originated, not the bird. Mennonites brought the grain to Kansas when they emigrated from Ukraine in 1873. Turkey Red is prized for its hardiness, rich flavor, and superior baking qualities.


  • Heirloom
  • Tall with red berries
  • Plant in fall for next summer harvest
  • Plant grows to 42 inches
  • Excellent for baking

Do you grow Turkey Red winter wheat? If so, please tell us your top tips for ensuring a delicious harvest.


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