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Organic Winter Alaska Wheat

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Triticum aestivum

Very Rare.  Pkg contains only 25 seeds. 

 

The actual origin and time of cultivation of Winter Alaska is not known.  It was documented by the US Dept of Ag. in 1923.  "Alaska" wheat itself was said to have been introduced into the U.S. from Ireland in 1806.  The other name commonly used for Alaska was "Wild Goose".  It is said that a Russian hunter shot a wild goose and found this grain in its gullet.  He then planted the wheat and discovered its merits, but of course had no idea where the goose had been feeding.  

It has been noted that this wheat is well adapted to the Pacific Northwest and old documents specifically mention Puget Sound, WA.  

Old text also mention that despite the name this wheat is not well suited for extreme winters.  HOWEVER, it did fine during our 14 degree low with light snow. 

Awned.

Average plant height is 3.5'-4' which is typical of heirloom types, but can be a problem with lodging in high wind areas

Seed Head length is 3.5"

6-7 seed heads per plant 

Moderate resistance to powerdy mildew.

Resistant to stripe rust.

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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