Turkey Red Wheat
(Triticum aestivum); Winter Wheat; Hard; Red; Awned; Hulless; a Slow Food Ark of Taste variety
Of exceptional flavor and baking qualities, Turkey Red is a landrace hard red winter wheat that was introduced to US growers around 1873. Russian Mennonites brought their cherished seed with them as they fled the Crimea to Kansas. Farmers impressed with Turkey Red increased their planted acreage and the variety gradually dominated hard reds. In the mid-1940s, as with many heritage varieties, changes in cultivation favored modern cultivars and Turkey Red all but vanished. Thankfully dedicated efforts and the 2009 boarding of Turkey Red upon Slow Food's Ark of Taste mean a resurgence of this fantastic bread wheat.
Slow Food's Turkey Red Wheat listing is well worth the read.
2018 Summer Harvest Data
|distance between plants||6 inch|
|distance between rows||8 inches|
|final plant height||42 inches|
|heads per plant||15|
|seeds per head||XX|
|weight per 100 seeds||XX grams|
|length of head||XX mm|
|awned / awnless||awned|
|hulled / hulless||hulless|
Two packets options, minimum:
a) 50 choice hand selected seeds
b) 7 grams / 1/4 ounce of seed
My seed stock cames from Anarchy Acres. In addition to growing several lines of wheat for flour, they have built a stone flour mill.