(Triticum turgidum); spring wheat
Collected by seedsman Nikolay Vavilov from the arid volcanic Houran Plateau of southwest Syria, northwest Jordan, Hourani does grow in our Michigan humidity; however, compared to many wheats we grow, the yield is very low. Wanting to eventually bake with it, I grow this landrace to select for adaptation to less arid growing conditions.
This fascinating article on Hourani's seed collector Nikolay Vavilov is worth the read.
I currently have a mixture of two strains of Hourani Wheat to offer.
"Short" (roughly 20 inches) is grown from seed stock obtained from John Sherck of Indiana who received his seeds from The Medomak Valley High School Heirloom Seed Project of Maine. "Tall" is from a different source and roughly 3-feet.
Packet options in the pull down menu, minimum:
- 50 choice hand selected seeds
- 7 grams of seeds
Previously I offered the tall/short as separate options. In 2021, I merged them. Grow the mixture and choose what does best for you. It has take several years to get nice plump seeds. The tall will be the dominate as it is the most productive for us. Although Hourani Wheat is so amazingly beautiful, it is not a high yielding wheat.