Durum Wheat (Triticum turgidum durum)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Durum Wheat
Triticum turgidum durum
Gramineae

The straw has many uses, as a biomass for fuel etc, for thatching, as a mulch in the garden etc[141].

A fibre obtained from the stems is used for making paper[189]. The stems are harvested in late summer after the seed has been harvested, they are cut into usable pieces and soaked in clear water for 24 hours. They are then cooked for 2 hours in lye or soda ash and then beaten in a ball mill for 1_ hours in a ball mill. The fibres make a green-tan paper[189].

The starch from the seed is used for laundering, sizing textiles etc[46, 61]. It can also be converted to alcohol for use as a fuel.

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Seed – cooked[46, 57, 61, 105]. It is usually ground into a flour and used as a cereal. The grain is hard, translucent and especially rich in gluten, it is widely used for making pasta, spaghetti, noodles etc[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow early spring or autumn in situ and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within a few days[K].
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most well-drained soils in a sunny position. Established plants are drought resistant[171]. A fairly ancient wheat, it probably arose over 8,000 years ago as a result of cultivation. It is still sometimes cultivated for its edible seed, especially in the Mediterranean region, there are some named varieties[46, 50]. It is also occasionally cultivated in Britain[141]. A tetraploid species[142].
Original habitat is obscure.

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