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Growing, harvesting, and processing Einkorn, spelt, and emmer wheat

 
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I am just learning of Einkorn wheat and its being healthier for us.
I hope others will share with me what they know of it.
Is this the wheat that Sepp grows?
Thanks
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I remember reading (in biodynamic books) that Rudolf Steiner informed the pioneers of biodynamics to find a primitive grain to use for bread. They thought this was very important and I remember seeing einkorn in there a few times...
 
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This spring, I applied to the Canadian national seed bank and obtained an Einkorn wheat sample along with some others.

It didn't grow so well, and I think it was because I planted it in an area that was too wet, and too nutrient rich. I harvested about double the amount I started with so next year I'll plant it somewhere else.

It's a very beautiful grass I must say. It's very low yielding wheat compared to modern strains, and the husk is much more difficult to remove. This means that it's a big job to process, hence the high cost of the flour.

It's basically a pioneer species and as such, it thrives in dry areas with poor soil.

The grain we see growing in the Sepp videos I'm pretty sure is Russian rye. There is a video online where his son takes the camera for a tour. He talks about the crop specifically for about 5 mins, and he states that they plant it in the spring, cut it back for animal fodder during the summer and then harvest it for the grain in the second year. This causes the grass roots to mature properly, and the grain harvest as a result is more than if they harvested every year, plus they get a fodder crop as well.

From what I understand, wheat wont survive two years like this. It's an annual grass that dies every fall on it's own.
 
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I merged your stuff with the following thread. I hope that is okay by you.
 
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Hi I want to try growing einkorn, spelt, or emmer wheat. I have never grown wheat before so its completely new. I would really like to grow einkorn and I have einkorn berries from jovial so I am trying to sprout them to see if they are viable. If they are viable how should I grow, harvest, and dehull them so I can eat it? Also What is naked einkorn is it the same as einkorn but without a hull, or are their more differences that just being without a hull? How much easier is it to skip the dehulling process? Does anyone know any source of naked einkorn, and also spelt and emmer seed?
 
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There are plans for a dehuller here:

http://www.savingourseeds.org/pdf/grain_dehuller.pdf

Here's a video of an awesome pedal powered one:

 
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Not sure where you are from Travis (or how to create a link!) but Jim Ternier at Prairie Garden Seeds (Saskatchewan, Canada) has an interesting selection of heirloom wheat varieties and primitive wheats.
A search should get you to his site.
 
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Denis Huel wrote:Not sure where you are from Travis (or how to create a link!) but Jim Ternier at Prairie Garden Seeds (Saskatchewan, Canada) has an interesting selection of heirloom wheat varieties and primitive wheats.
A search should get you to his site.



Here's the link to their site: https://prseeds.ca/
 
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I've purchased a strain of Einkorn called "BlĂ© Dur Arcour" that has very easily removable hulls.  I've grown it a few times; the plants are a bit short.  The first year I grew it, I planted 10g in a few round planters.  That gave me enough seed to plant out a 5ft x 10ft garden.  I'm hoping to plant out a larger area again this year.
 
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