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Triticum aestivum
plant overview
nature’s true grain

What is wheatgrass? Wheatgrass is a member of the Poaceae family, also known as the “true” grasses. The grain occurs naturally in Europe and North America, and is also sprouted from seed. Wheatgrass powder contains a significant amount of nutrients which is why a wheatgrass smoothie is very nutritious as it contains more protein than other similar greens. Wheatgrass benefits come from the fiber, minerals and vitamins A, B6, C, E and K found in wheatgrass.

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A Bit of Botany

a little botanical information about wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is a food prepared from the cotyledons (first appearing leaves from a germinating seed) of the common wheat plant, Triticum aestivum in the Poaceae family).

Triticum aestivum is an annual grass. Its simple culms grow erect, are hollow or pithy, glabrous, and can reach heights of up to 1.2 meters. The leaves are narrow and flat, around 20–38 cm long and about 1.3 cm broad. These spikes are long, slender, dorsally compressed, and somewhat flattened.

The tough rachis does not separate from spikelet at maturity; and these nearly erect spikelets are 2–5-flowered, relatively far apart on the stem, slightly overlapping, and pressed close to the rachis.

Glumes keeled in upper half, glabrous, firm, and shorter than the lemmas; lemmas are awned or awnless, and less than 1.3 cm long. The palea is as long as the lemma, remaining entire at maturity; caryopsis free-threshing, soft or hard, red or white.

common names & nomenclature
The name wheatgrass is simply because it is the young grass of the common wheat plant.

Also known as:

Wheatgrass, nature's true grain

Where in the World

habitat and range for wheatgrass

Wheatgrass use can be traced back over 5000 years in history, to ancient Egypt and perhaps even early Mesopotamian civilizations. It has been claimed that ancient Egyptians found the young leafy blades of wheat sacred. Triticum aestivum is known only under cultivation— its native origin has been lost. Wheat evolved from wild grasses, most likely somewhere in the Near East.

Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations for growing and harvesting wheatgrass

Wheatgrass grows best in mild-to-warm temperatures that are 60 to 75°F (15.6-21.1 °C). Though they will tolerate lower temperatures when the leaves reach about ¼ to ½ inch (0.64 to 1.27 cm) high. Prefers moist (though not water-logged) conditions and indirect sunlight.

For growing wheatgrass, use a basic potting mix or top soil that has about ⅓ peat moss incorporated.

Wheatgrass can be grown indoors or out via seed. For sprout production, wheatgrass is commonly planted indoors on trays in a growth medium—such as a potting mix.

Wheatgrass leaves are harvested when a "split" is developed during the emergence of another leaf. The leaves are then trimmed with scissors, which allows a second crop of shoots to form. A third cutting is sometimes possible, but may yield tougher leaves with less sugars than the first cutting. Wheatgrass is consumed fresh as juice, or is dried for later use.

Store dried wheatgrass powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

The Rest of the Story

Health benefits, formulas and more.

Cooking with wheatgrass powder

Most people consume it as a juice, taking a 1 to 2-ounce shot on its own or adding a shot to their favorite smoothie or juice recipe. You can also find it in powdered and supplement form for sale at most health food and grocery stores.  Add to smoothies, cooked cereals soups, stews, vegetable dishes and other foods.

Wheatgrass nutrition

Wheatgrass is very nutritious and contains, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Chlorophyll, Nucleic acids, Antioxidants, Nitrosamines, Amino acids and trace minerals. Dried wheatgrass also contains 47% protein, three times that of beef. Wheatgrass powder is the readily-available dried form containing the plant's valuable nutrient properties and has a reliable, extended shelf-life.

Wheatgrass health benefits

Wheatgrass is consumed as a dietary supplement because it is highly nutritious. Compared to other greens, wheatgrass contains more protein, vitamin E and phosphorus that either broccoli or spinach. The powdered herb is often added in small amounts to smoothies, soups and other foods.

Wheatgrass is low in calories but high in nutrients, including antioxidants such as glutathione, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Antioxidants fight free radicals in the body, reducing oxidative stress and protecting against health conditions like arthritis, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. 

Despite its name, wheatgrass does not contain the gluten protein responsible for triggering the inflammatory response seen in celiac disease and similar conditions.

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