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Black Emmer


Triticum turgidum subsp. dicoccum, Tetraploid. Winter.  “Knock your socks off” beauty.



This is a winter growth-habit wheat with “knock your socks off” beauty. It will impress the most modern of cereal breeders with its totally erect leaf architecture. Its stems are stiff and lodging-resistant. Heavenly? It reached the amazing and very memorable height of 84 inches in grow-outs conducted by the Kusa Seed organization. It knows where it’s going and it will take you there, too. For this ancient wheat ancestor, you definitely want to bring a photographer onto your place. Its panicles have the exquisite lacy architectural appearance of wild grasses and when it begins to flower, the flower-parts are a light-show of brilliant gold trembling against pale russet florets. When the heads are finishing with their plump spikelets coloring-up to black, you will find early of a morning, beads of silver dew rolling like drops of molten solder down the obsidian walls of one of creation’s masterpieces. Hulled Black Winter Emmer thrives in drought or heavy rain. Fusarium resistant. Savored in soups, bulgar, breakfast cereal or flatbreads and pasta. Highly nutritous. 1 cup = 24g protein.


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5 gram sample


Eli Rogosa-Heritage Grains Conservancy (2016), Joseph Lofthouse (2017), Great Lakes Staple Seeds (2018)


Emmer was found in some of the earliest farming areas in Turkey and Greece.


John Sherck, June 21, 2019
Black Winter Emmer wheat. This variety proved to be one of the big successes this season given all the rainfall in the spring and early summer. The plants stayed healthy, had no lodging issues and virtually no visible FHB (fusarium head blight). An early peek at the grains show no signs of “mummies” or “tombstones”. Grain fill so far is excellent. I will be harvesting the whole bed this week and will have better data after threshing. The major drawback is that Winter Black Emmer is hulled, and I mean tightly hulled. Not going to be easily dehulled like some of the other emmer varieties and spelt I grew, but, “disease free” is extremely promising in my opinion.