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organic wheat seedOrganic Red Russian Wheat

Triticum aestivum

Very Rare.  Pkg contains only 25 seeds.  


Red Russian was first used in the U.S. around 1890. 

It is thought to be a very old English variety. 

Just how old it is no one knows for sure.

Typically grown on the West Coast, especially WA, ID and OR. 

Historic documents specifically mention Palouse, WA and the state of TN.


Seed Head length is 3"-4".

Average of 7 seed heads per plant.

Average plant height is 4'.  As with many old heirloom wheats that are tall, lodging can occur in high wind areas or heavy rain storms.

Very rich flavor, high amount of gluten as raw seeds form a ball like gum in your mouth when chewed. 



Simple threshing techniques:

Quinoa Growing Instructions

With it's origins in the high Andean plateau, quinoa is best adapted to cooler climates, but will grow in almost any moderate climate.  Keep in mind that those with hot summers may have reduced yields.  Quinoa doesn't like it's roots wet so make sure the soil doesn't stay inundated with water.  Plant 1/2 to 1" deep (depending on soil moisture) into a well prepared seed bed in late spring.  Space plants 3-4" apart on 24" rows for a single-headed crop.  For maximum yield, space plants 12" apart on 24" rows for multi branched plants.  Keep the soil moist while germinating.  
Quinoa spends it's first few weeks developing roots, so be vigilant to keep the soil weeded, or weeds can quickly take over a plot. Once the plants start to mature, the seeds will mature from the top of the plant down, allowing for an extended harvest.  If you wait until the whole plant is mature, the top seeds can shatter and be lost, so it's best to harvest the seed heads as they mature from the top down.  
Thresh into a clean bucket or garbage can by hitting the seed head against the side, or rubbing the seed head between gloved hands.  Quinoa contains a saponin coating that will need to be rinsed off before eating.  Before eating, soak the seeds for a few minutes, and then place the seeds into a colander under running water until no more foam forms.  
Quinoa seeding rate is about 10/lb per acre with yields normally between 1,000-3,000 lb per acre
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