Wheat (Triticum spp.)[1] is a worldwide cultivated grass from the Fertile Crescent region of the Near East. In 2007 world production of wheat was 607 million tons, making it the third most-produced cereal after maize (784 million tons) and rice (651 million tons).[2] Wheat grain is a staple food used to make flour for leavened, flat and steamed breads; cookies, cakes, breakfast cereal, pasta, juice, noodles, and couscous;[3] and for fermentation to make beer,[4] alcohol, vodka,[5] or biofuel


Translations: Kvieši, Kviečiai, De grâu, Pšenica, Lúa mì, Pszenica, Tarwe, गेहूं, Trigo, Пшеница, Σιτάρι, القمح, 밀, Pšenice, Gandum, 小麦, Blat, Pšenica, Pšenica, Grano, חיטה, Vete, Пшеница, 小麦, Blé, Weizen, Hvede, Hvete, Trigo, Пшениця, Vehnästä, Пшеница

Physical Description

Wheat is a type of grass grown for its grain

Colors: golden yellow

Tasting Notes

Flavors: slightly bitter
Mouthfeel: Chewy
Food complements: Fruit, Chocolate, Nuts
Wine complements: White wine, Sauvignon blanc
Beverage complements: Milk, Fruit juice
Substitutes: Barley, Corn, Rice

Selecting and Buying

Seasonality: january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, opctober, november, december
Peak: june, july, august
Choosing: Wheat or wheat flour are available prepackaged or in bulk containers. Choose one that is fresh, safely packaged and shows no evidence of damage or moisture present inside the container.
Buying: Look for wheat or wheat products that are safely packaged in sealed containers. Wheat and wheat products are commercially available in supermarkets

Preparation and Use

Raw wheat needs to be rolled or ground coarsely on a flour mill before consumption and allowed to soak in water to make it easier to eat.

Conserving and Storing

Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place or the refrigerator because the cool temperature will help keep the wheat from going rancid


President George Washington was a prominent wheat grower.

History: Wheat was one of the first grains domesticated by humans. Archaeological records says that this originated in along a region of the middle east called the Fertile crescent: Turkey, Syria, Levant, Israel, and Egypt.

Wheat was introduced to the US when Columbus came to the new world.



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