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What is Turkey Red?

Turkey Red is a color to some people, but most often it is used to refer to a group of "heirloom" wheats. Turkey refers to the country where these grains are thought to have originated, not the bird. Red refers to their color, relative to other wheats.

There is a popular story about how Turkey Red wheat was brought to the United States in the 1870s by Mennonites when they migrated there. While it makes an interesting tale, this is probably only a part of the story of how this wheat turned the American Midwest into the bread basket of the world. You should read the research that has been done over the years and decide for yourself which is the most plausible story.

Why does Turkey Red Matter?

These wheats are important for several reasons:

How can I learn more?

Spend a little time looking at the Resources part of this website. Read the research that has been compiled about these wonderful grains. Draw your own conclusions about their value and then . . .

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