Our friends at the Ark of Taste have this to say about Turkey Red....
"This particular variety can be traced to Crimea between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov in the early 19th century and earlier to Turkey to the south of the Black Sea. Mennonite immigrants brought it to the United States in the early 1870s, introducing it to the areas surrounding Marian, Reno and Harvey Counties in Kansas.
It became the dominant hard red winter wheat in Kansas and much of the Great Plains bread basket and was the major hard winter variety in the 1920s. Significant acreage was planted in Kansas until the mid-1940s
Not only does this variety have a great root structure and is great for the soil, in a recent drought it outperformed other modern varieties. Turkey Hard Red Winter WheatThe wheat has excellent flavor, good protein quantity and quality, and has proven longevity and resilience.
To grow for grain, plant in fall for harvest next summer.
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