Wheat! Wheat! Wheat!

Speaking of the wonderful world of wheat, thought I’d share some exciting facts about wheat with y’all.

Wheat is a member of the grass family, it produces a dry, one-seed fruit called a “kernel”

One bushel of wheat weighs approximately 60 pounds

The average yield per acre of winter wheat is 82 bushels
(sometimes even up to 120 bushels!)

A single bushel of wheat will make 73 loaves of bread
or 55 boxes of cereal or 72 pounds of tortillas

A one ounce serving of wheat can be:
1 slice of bread
1 cup of cereal

1 small tortilla
5-7 crackers
1/2 bagel
1/2 cup pasta
1 small waffle
1/2 soft pretzel
1/2 bun or pita

The bagel is the only bread product that is boiled before it is baked


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There are more than 600 pasta shapes produced worldwide

Approximately 3 billion pizzas are sold in the US each year

Gluten is the composite of proteins and is combined with starch
in the endosperm of grass related grains, including wheat.
It is highly nutritious and aids in helping dough to rise

About 1/2 of the wheat produced in the US is used in the US

Wheat is grown in 42 states in the union and on every continent in the world

Winter wheat is planted in the fall and harvested mid-summer
Spring wheat is planted in the spring, and harvested late summer

Kansas is the largest wheat growing and milling state in the union

A grain drill is the machine which plants wheat –
it drills little holes into the earth and drops a seed into each hole

A combine is the machine which cuts, separates and cleans the wheat all at one time

A grain elevator is a place where wheat is stored and sold




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