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                                    What is cereal grass?
Cereal Grass is the young green plant which will grow to produce the cereal grain.   All cereal grasses, including the green leaves of wheat ,barley, rye, and oats are nutritionally identical.  These young grasses are, in their chemical and nutritional composition, very different from the mature seed grains.
      Several growth stages are required for the development of nutritionally complete cereal grasses.  Suitable soil, moisture,and temperature conditions are essential for the young wheat plant to pass through these developmental stages.  The nutrients in the plant reach their peak values as they approach the brief, but critical, jointing stage.
     The nutrient profile of cereal grass is similar to those of the most nutritious dark green leafy vegetables.  The importance of green foods in the diet is now being validated scientifically.  Because dehydrated cereal compares favorably with other greens with respect to both nutrients and cost, it is an excellent and convenient source of green food nutrients.

     

 

Cereal Grass For People

The cereal grasses(wheat grass, barley grass, rye grass, oat grass) have been used as human food supplements since the 1930's.  Scientists originally studied these plants as sources of blood-building factors.  When, in 1931, it was observed that the nutritional level of milk fell when cows did not consume young green leaves, systematic research began on the health benefits of cereal grasses.
     As essential nutrients were isolated and identified, the cereal grasses were found to be excellent sources of beta-carotene, vitamin K, folic acid, calcium, iron, protein, and fiber, as well as good sources of  of vitamin C and many of the B vitamins.  In addition, the cereal grasses were shown to contain unidentified factors which provide a variety of health, growth,and fertility benefits to animals and to humans.
     Laboratory research on the health benefits of cereal grasses increased over the past two decades in the United States and Japan.  At the same time, the use of wheat grass as an alternative therapy for chronic diseases became popular.  These two movements, together with the increased availability of suitably prepared American-grown cereal grass, have been responsible for a renaissance in the use of cereal grasses as human foods. 

 

                   Chlorophyll and Blood Regeneration
     There are many reasons why cereal grass and other dark green plants can be considered "blood-building" foods.  The vitamins and the minerals in cereal grass are essential to the synthesis and function of  the components of healthy blood.  But perhaps the most interesting connection between green foods and blood is the similarity in the structures of the two colored pigments, heme and chlorophyll.  The biological relationship between these two molecules, though studied for over 60 years, is still not completely clear.  It does appear, however, that small amounts of the digestive products of chlorophyll may stimulate the synthesis of either heme or globin or both in animals and humans.

 

                               Chlorophyll as Therapy
     Healing has been associated with the color green throughout history.  Prior to the widespread use of antibiotic drugs, the green pigment chlorophyll was intensively investigated for its ability to heal and deodorize wounds of the skin and of internal body  surfaces.  The effectiveness of chlorophyll in wound healing is due to its ability to stimulate growth of new cells while limiting the growth of bacteria.  Chlorophyll therapy has no toxic side effects.
     There is evidence which suggests that green foods may inhibit the damage caused to cells by X-radiation.  Foods highest  in chlorophyll provide the most protection.
     The investigators in recent years have demonstrated that chlorophyll and its derivatives reverse the mutagenic capacity of some   cancer-causing chemicals.  Work in this area may provide future applications of a therapeutic role for chlorophyll.

 

            The Nutrients in Cereal Grass
     Wheat grass,barley grass, and all the dark green vegetables contain a wide variety of essential  vitamins and minerals.  These nutrients are combined by nature with high quality vegetable protein and fibers, to provide naturally potent foods.  Green foods have been an essential part of the human diet for thousands, perhaps millions, of years.  Today, we are able to identify many of the specific nutrients found in green foods,and the reasons why we can't do without them.   Even with all this information, we may only be beginning to understand why green foods are so good for us.

 

Pricing

Wheat Grass Planting Information

No charge with order

Soil for growing Wheat grass   Enough to plant 10 (11"x22" trays)
Approx  20qts @ 2 qts per tray

$13.95

Fertilizer
Organic fish emulsion 16oz


$5.00

Growing Tray 5 per set
commercial growing trays designed for maximum root growth:black plastic w/drain holes: reusable (11"x 22"x 2")

$10.00

Quality  grown Weed Free Wheat Seed
7 lbs.  packaged to grow 10 trays of wheat grass @ 10 oz per tray

$8.00

 



Edible Cereal Grain

Soft Red Winter Wheat
Soft red is known as a pastry flour and cannot be used for making yeast bread.    It's excellent for making cakes, cookies, and pastries.

5# $ 6.00
10# $ 12.00
50# $  22.00   

History of Wheat

  • Domestic wheat originated in southwest Asia in what is now known as a the Fertile Crescent. The oldest archaeological evidence for wheat cultivation comes from Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Armenia, and Iraq. Around 9000 years ago, wild einkorn wheat was harvested and domesticated in the first archaeological signs of sedentary farming in the Fertile Crescent. Wild einkorn wheat still grows in the Fertile Crescent.
  • Around 8,000 years ago, a mutation or hybridization occurred within emmer wheat, resulting in a plant with seeds that were larger but could not sow themselves on the wind. While this plant could not have succeeded in the wild, it produced more food for humans. In cultivated fields this plant outcompeted plants with smaller, self-sowing seeds and become the primary ancestor of modern wheat breeds.
  • Columbus packed wheat on his ships on his second voyage to the New World.
  • While wheat was grown in the United States during the early colonial years, it was not until the late 19th century that wheat cultivation flourished, owing to the importation of an especially hardy strain of wheat known as Turkey red wheat. Russian immigrants who settled in Kansas brought Turkey red wheat with them

TURKEY RED WHEAT OUT OF STOCK AT THIS TIME

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Turkey Red Wheat

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      Children in Russia hand-picked the first seeds of this famous winter wheat for Kansas. They belonged to Mennonite Colonies preparing to emigrate from the steppes to the America prairies. A peace-loving sect, originally from Holland, the Mennonites had gone to the Crimea from Prussia in 1790 when Catherine the Great offered free lands, military exemption and religious freedom. They prospered until these privileges were threatened in 1871. Three years later they emigrated to Kansas, where the Santa Fe R.R. offered thousands of acres on good terms in McPherson, Harvey, Marion & Reno counties, and where the legislature passed a bill which exempted religious objectors from military service. Within a month after landing in New York the Mennonites planted the red~gold grains their children had selected. The harvest was the first of the great crops of hard Turkey Red and its derivatives that have made Kansas the Granary of the Nation.

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