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Common Name: Triticale
Triticosecale spp is an annual plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
A bi-generic hybrid of garden origin between Triticum sp. and Secale cereale.
Not known in the wild.
Succeeds on lighter and drier soils than are suitable for wheat[
A person-made hybrid, Triticum spp. x Secale cereale, it is often cultivated for its edible seed, there are some named varieties[
]. Plants are more winter hardy than wheat but yields have been low in some areas and lodging has been a serious fault[
]. The grain is larger than wheat but more sparsely carried on the flowering spike[
Plants are more resistant than wheat to the diseases 'take-all' and 'rust'[
]. Resists mildew[
Seed - ground and used as a flour[
]. Lower in gluten than wheat, so it is often mixed with that cereal if used in bread making[
]. It has a higher amino acid and protein content than wheat[
]. The seed can also be sprouted and added to salads[
]. Yields can be very high, with harvests of more than 10 tonnes per hectare being achieved[
Seed - sow early spring or early autumn in situ, only just covering the seed. Germination should take place within a few days.