Wheat, Maris Widgeon (Organic)

Triticum aestivum. Red Winter.

Moderately tall, winter type bread wheat that has a semi-hard, golden orange grain. Even though it lacks the high protein of modern reds, it is a great variety for making bread and we consider it to also be a good all-purpose flour. Very productive and tall enough to organically choke out the weeds. Awnless heads bend over and shed rain well. 3-4′ tall with low soil N. Can grow to 5′ in rich garden soil. Very good grain yield. Sarah and Jo have both been baking a 100% whole grain sourdough bread using Maris Widgeon weekly for several years now and find its flavor and texture exceptional when compared to other hard red varieties. For the past 30 years, its straw was used in England for traditional roof thatching, as it was the only legally available non-dwarf variety in the European Common Catalogue. Developed in 1964 by the Plant Breeding Institute of Cambridge, England.

Seed produced by Lonesome Whistle Farm in Junction City, Oregon.


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Geographical Origin

Direct sow in weed-free, well prepared soil September to October, during a warm dry spell if possible. Optimal plant density is 24 plants per square foot, best sown one seed per inch in rows that are 6″ apart. Wheat is usually very frost tolerant. Fertility and irrigation needs are very low if you have decent soil.

Harvest and Seed Saving

Harvest for grain or seed saving when seeds are dry and plants are no longer green. Dance, rub, or flail seeds from seed heads. Winnow to clean in front of a fan or steady breeze. Isolation distance is unnecessary for this self-pollinating grain. Save seed without worries of cross-pollination.

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