Emmer (Triticum turgidum dicoccon)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Triticum turgidum dicoccon

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, 61, 105]. It is usually ground into a flour and used as a cereal for making bread, biscuits etc[183]. The seed retains its glumes when it is threshed[50, 57]

  • 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. Succeeds in poor rocky[57] and in dry soils[171]. One of the oldest cultivated wheats, it arose over 10,000 years ago through cultivation of the wild emmer, T. dicoccoides. Its cultivation is declining but it is still grown in some mountainous regions of Europe[46, 50, 57, 183]. There are some named varieties[46]. A rather low yielding species compared to modern cultivars. It is believed that a cross between this species and Aegilops squarrosa, probably about 8,000 years ago, introduced an extra protein gene into the seed making a much stronger flour for baking as bread. Most modern species and cultivars of wheat have been developed from this cross. A tetraploid species[142].
Original habitat is obscure.

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