What is wheat?

  • (noun): Annual or biennial grass having erect flower spikes and light brown grains.
    Synonyms: corn
    See also — Additional definitions below


Wheat (Triticum spp.) is a cereal grain, originally from the Levant region of the Near East and Ethiopian Highlands, but now cultivated worldwide. In 2010 world production of wheat was 651 million tons, making it the third most-produced cereal after maize (844 million tons) and rice (672 million tons). In 2009, world production of wheat was 682 million tons, making it the second most-produced cereal after maize (817 million tons), and with rice as close third (679 million tons).

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Common Wheat - History
... Common wheat was first domesticated in Western Asia during the early Holocene, and spread from there to North Africa, Europe and East Asia in the prehistoric period ... Wheat first reached North America with Spanish missions in the 16th century, but North America's role as a major exporter of grain dates from the colonization of the prairies in the ... Worldwide, bread wheat has proved well adapted to modern industrial baking, and has displaced many of the other wheat, barley, and rye species that were once commonly used ...
Wheat, Tennessee
... Wheat was a farming community in Roane County, Tennessee ... The name was changed to Wheat in 1880, when a post office was opened and the community took the name of its first postmaster, Frank Wheat ... The Wheat Community African Burial Ground (AEC #2) and Gallaher-Welcker Cemetery (AEC #1) still survive ...
Brown Bread
... amounts of whole grain flour, usually rye or wheat, and sometimes dark-coloured ingredients such as molasses or coffee ... In Canada and the United Kingdom it simply refers to whole wheat bread, except in the Maritimes, where it implies a bread made with molasses ... Whole wheat flours that contain raw wheat germ, instead of toasted germ, have higher levels of glutathione, and thus are said to result in lower loaf volumes ...
Corn Exchange - List of Corn/grain Exchanges - United States
... Grain Exchange Philadelphia Corn Exchange Wheat resources History Domestication Neolithic Revolution Tell Abu Hureyra Tell Aswad Triticeae Types of ...
What Is Chametz? - The Five Grains
... into European languages, the names of food grains common in Europe, wheat, barley, spelt, rye and oats, were used, some of which were not grown in ancient Israel{Mishnah P'sachim 25} Shippon (shifon ... is genetically closely related to bread wheat it is also considered to be prohibited ... Rye should not be eaten since it closely resembles wheat and can be mistaken for it it was considered chametz during Exile, even though in fact it did not grow in ancient Israel ...

More definitions of "wheat":

  • (noun): Grains of common wheat; sometimes cooked whole or cracked as cereal; usually ground into flour.
    Synonyms: wheat berry

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