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These precursors to modern cereals are known as "covered wheats" because their grains do not thresh free from their sheaths.
Einkorn - Triticum monococcum
Emmer - Triticum docum
Spelt - Triticum spelta aka dinkel (Germany) or farro (Italy)
Characteristics of covered Ancient Wheats:
traditionally grown for pastas, high-fiber cereals, and livestock feed
cultivation is similar to wheat
greater winter hardiness than wheat
longer maturity time than wheat
excess nitrogen can cause lodging
Another species considered an ancient wheat Triticum sphaerococcum, commonly known as Dwarf Wheat, was the predominate crop in ancient Asian Indian cultures prior to the Green Revolution. It is known for its free threshing grains.