Wheat about 8000 B.C.E. - present

external image wheat.jpg WHEAT!!!!!
external image 300px-The_Levant_3.png the origin of wheat

external image pitabread.jpg Syrian bread (pita)
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United States

~ Domestication took place about 10,000 or 8000 B.C.E. years ago.
~ Plows were invented to help cultivate wheat better and more productively around 1000 B.C.E.
~ The seed drill also allowed for the better cultivation on wheat in the 1700's. (the seed drill evenly spaces rows between wheat stalks, and puts the seed at the specific depth that is best for its roots.
~ Fertilizers are used to help make the soil better.
~ the mechanical reaper/ tractor to harvest wheat faster in the 1800's

some of these were invented in direct corelation to the need for better ways to make wheat more productive others were just made better for the purpose of wheat.

Moving from the fertile crescent wheat spread to Western Europe (Ireland) and to Spain, South to Ethiopia, and east to India, and all the space in between by 3000 B.C.E. Eventually wheat made its way to China around 2000 B.C.E. Wheat came to the americas when europeans did. bread was a major food for sailors and being able to have it in ports was important. Settlers also wante bread in their diet as it was cheap and easy to make. The staple ingredient being wheat it was important to grow this crop. The Europeans brought it all over the world.

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Top Ten Wheat Producers — 2005
(million metric ton)
external image 22px-Flag_of_the_People%27s_Republic_of_China.svg.png China
external image 22px-Flag_of_India.svg.png India
external image 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States
external image 22px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Russia
external image 22px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France
external image 22px-Flag_of_Canada.svg.png Canada
external image 22px-Flag_of_Afghanistan.svg.png Afghanistan
external image 22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany
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external image 22px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Turkey
World Total


~ flour
~ bread
~ pasta
~ cereals

there are many different types of wheat...there are different uses for each.
~ emmer
~ durum
~ eikorn
are some of the most common

have been domesticated differently, the seeds to stay on the stalk so that harvesting is more effec tive. Disease resistant and plumper so that more can be made in any given area.

Blog One: There is this tall plant that we are finding is edible. It is easy to grow. It is golden in color and is tall and thin. The stalks are not very strong and the seeds crush down to a fine founder, which is quite tasty. The plant is to be called wheat. It has been growing in popularity as when mixed with water and some other things it makes a recipe we have decided will be called bread which is cooked over a flame. Wheat grows in abundance so bread can be made redily without worrying about the supply. Wheat is very sustaining, easy to make and everyone lives off of it.

Blog Two: Wheat has been domesticated but now only the stronger more durable strains are being harvested and planted. The seeds stay on the stalks until they can be harvested. There used to be seeds that would fall before the farmer could harvest it but not so much anymore. The ones that are planted last longer and they grow tall in the fields. The fields go on forever. There are fields all over the world growing wheat, but i love to see mine in the sunset tall ad blowing in a gentle breeze.

Blog Three: In the supermarket today I was astounded by the amount of different kinds of bread and things made of wheat there were. Flour, and bread, and pasta. I realized just how many things are made out of wheat. That got me to thinking about how much i eat something made of wheat. Everyday, absolutely everyday. I have bread, or a bagel, or pasta, or something that has wheat in it. It amazed me, there arent very many things i use absolutely everyday, especially when it comes to food, but wheat IS one of them.

The Wall

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