I’m a fan of emmer

When I drove past this field I thought of a sickness of the grain, possibly to do with lack of water.

On closer inspection I was baffled rather more than less.

Until I asked a friend who is a miller by trade and was told that this is not ordinary wheat but black emmer wheat – one of the oldest domesticated crops in the world. There are still wild forms in the Middle East but it is very seldom found on fields in Europe these days.

Linked to I’m a fan of … #75. More fanatical photos can be found here.

9 thoughts on “I’m a fan of emmer

      1. I don’t think the yield is comparable to modern wheat so the only reason I can think is to cultivate an old plant to keep it alive.
        In addition, they might try to find out how people with a wheat allergy react to it.

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