Adaptive Seeds

Einkorn

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Triticum monococcum.

The first form of wheat to be cultivated over 10,000 years ago. Einkorn has much higher protein than modern wheat, but is much lower yielding – the name Einkorn is German for “single grain,” since it has only one grain per hull. Einkorn is similar to Emmer in that it is spring sown and also can be easier to digest for those with gluten sensitivities. Though this grain is easy to grow, nutritious, and delicious, it is very difficult to thresh the grain from the hull.

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

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  1. Brian Price

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    Brian Price

    Is cross polination a possible risk between Emmer (Farro) and Einkorn when grown in adjacent 1000 sq foot plots separated by a narrow path?

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    • Sarah Kleeger

      Shop Manager Sarah Kleeger

      Hi Brian, Thanks for the question! Einkorn (Triticm monococcum) & Emmer (Triticum dicoccon) are different species so cross-pollination is extremely unlikely, but it is within the realm of possiblity. There is more of a risk that the grain will fall across the path & you will have physical contamination between the two. We recommend recommend saving seed from the opposite edges of your patch. Good luck!

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    • Nancy Weldon

      Nancy Weldon

      Can it be grown in Florida (east coast, central Florida)? Or in Maryland? What time of the year should it be sown in these two places? Is there any special kind of preparation of the soil or type of soil?

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    • Jo Erikson

      Shop Manager Jo Erikson

      We would not recommend trying to grow Einkorn as far south as Florida. We know of it being grown successfully on the east coast as far south as South Carolina, but not any further south than that. Direct sow in weed-free, well-prepared soil September to October, or during a dry spell in early spring (around the time of your last killing frost). Einkorn is usually very frost tolerant. Fertility and irrigation needs are very low if you have decent, neutral soil.

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  2. John Murphy

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    John Murphy

    How does this grain do when grown in Seattle?

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    • Andrew Still

      Shop Manager Andrew Still

      I would guess it would grow well in Seattle. Einkorn grows well in most places where wheat grows. If you want more information about grain production in Western Washington I would recommend contacting the WSU Mount Vernon Northwest Washington Research & Extension Center. They are a great resource and have done a lot of work recently with Organic local grain through their Bread Lab.

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  3. Linda Auburn

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    Linda Auburn

    How can I preserve this seed for future use? Can I put in Mylar bags with O2 absorbers and then freeze? Or not freeze just put in cool basement?

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    • Andrew Still

      Shop Manager Andrew Still

      Hi Linda, Your ideas will work great for long term storage. Storing dry seed in a freezer will 10x the storage life compared to regular house conditions. If you only need to store the seed for a year or two it will keep fine in a cool dry spot without the mylar or desiccant.

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  4. Cathy R Rishel

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    Cathy R Rishel

    How hard is it to get out of the hull. I am gluten free and would love to plant done, we live in upper South Carolina

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    • Andrew Still

      Shop Manager Andrew Still

      Hi Cathy, Einkorn is difficult to hull without special equipment. Also, it is easier to digest for many with wheat sensitivities, however it is not considered gluten free because it is a close relative of wheat.

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  5. Roland Young

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    Roland Young

    1…Is there a difference between Einkorn seed wheat and what is sold in buckets from several companies for consumption?
    2…Can the wheat be started in 3″ nursery pots in a greenhouse and transplanted successfully to the field? This would allow more frugal use of the grain and making perfect spacing.
    3…What is the latest time it can be planted if the time has past from early spring?

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    • Andrew Still

      Shop Manager Andrew Still

      Not sure if you are referring to Einkorn that has had the hull removed? If you are, this process often damages the seed Germ. Our Einkorn seed still has the hull intact and this hull must be removed before eating.

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  6. Kevin

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    Kevin

    Based on the comments below, this sees does not do well in Florida. Does this mean that it will also not do well in Arizona or will the dry climate be more productive for this variety?

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  7. Michael

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    Michael

    When hulling I use a food processor and the seed comes out pretty good! My question is can it be planted with the hull intact and still grow? How much nutrition etc is really lost when hulling?

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    • Andrew Still

      Shop Manager Andrew Still

      It is great to hear that the food processor works for dehulling. If it is only the hull(glume) that is removed then the seed should all still germinate just as well as with the hull remaining. However if the bran or germ is damaged or removed, like when grain is pearled, then the germ and nutritional value will be reduced. Removing some of the bran does make grain a bit easier to digest.

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  8. Dave Stutzman

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    Dave Stutzman

    Would your einkorn grow well in New York or would I do better with seed from nearer my location?

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