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  • Wheat is one of the world’s most widely cultivated cereal grains and a staple food for a large portion of the global population.
  • It is an annual grass plant that produces cereal grains or kernels, which are commonly ground into flour for various food products.
  • Wheat comes in several varieties, including hard wheat, soft wheat, and durum wheat, each with different uses.
Wheat Crop characteristics
  • Height: Wheat plants typically range from 2 to 4 feet in height, depending on the variety and growing conditions.
  • Leaves: Wheat has long, narrow leaves that alternate along the stem.
  • Flowers: The wheat plant produces small, inconspicuous flowers in clusters at the top of the stem.
  • Seeds (Grains): The edible part of the wheat plant is the seed or grain, commonly referred to as a wheat kernel. Each kernel is composed of three parts: the bran, the endosperm, and the germ.

Varieties

  • Hard Wheat: This type of wheat has a higher protein content and is used primarily for making bread and other baked goods due to its strong gluten content.
  • Soft Wheat: Soft wheat has less protein and less gluten than hard wheat. It is typically used for making pastries, cakes, and cookies.
  • Durum Wheat: Durum wheat has a high protein content and is used mainly for making pasta products.
Wheat Nutritional Composition (per 100 grams )
  • Calories: Approximately 339 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: About 71.2 grams
  • Dietary Fiber: Approximately 12.2 grams
  • Protein: Approximately 12.6 grams
  • Fat: About 2.5 grams
  • Vitamins: Wheat is a good source of B vitamins, including thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), and folate (B9).
  • Minerals: It contains minerals like manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, and iron.
Common Use
  • Flour: Wheat is primarily milled into flour, which is used for making bread, pasta, pastries, cakes, and a wide variety of baked goods.
  • Breakfast Cereals: Wheat is used in the production of breakfast cereals such as wheat flakes and bran.
  • Animal Feed: Wheat is also used as an important component in animal feed for livestock.
  • Industrial Uses: Wheat straw and bran have industrial applications, including paper production and biofuels.
Wheat Is Cultivated In
  • China: China is the world’s largest wheat producer and cultivates various types of wheat primarily used for human and animal consumption.
  • India: India is another major wheat producer and has a significant domestic demand for this cereal.
  • Russia: Russia is an important wheat producer and has increased its production in recent decades.
  • United States: The United States is one of the leading wheat producers in North America, with varieties including hard and soft wheat.
  • France: France is a significant wheat producer in Europe and is known for its high-quality wheat used in baking and pastry.
  • Canada: Canada is another key wheat producer in North America, producing various high-quality wheat varieties for export.
  • Pakistan: Pakistan is a major wheat producer in Asia and uses wheat for both human and animal consumption.
  • Argentina: Argentina is one of the primary wheat producers in South America and exports a significant portion of its production.
  • Australia: Australia cultivates wheat in various regions and is renowned for its high-quality wheat.
  • Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan is one of the leading wheat producers in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. These are just a few examples, and wheat is grown in many other regions of the world. Its versatility and ability to adapt to different climates and soils make it a widely cultivated crop and essential for global food security.
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