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Wheat or wheatberry?

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breadbabe

Wheat or wheatberry?

I don't post too often, but I surf this forum all the time - love the candor and global answers. So..... what is the difference between wheat (kernel) and wheatberry? same thing? different areas call the same grain different names?

I had one farmer laugh and say - "Its what the store people call it. Farmers have no idea what a wheatberry is - its all wheat."  But while reading a thread here (sorry, its lost on me) the context indicated that wheatberry is the wheat germ.

Any answers?

Maureen

 

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Mini Oven

Wheat is a very general term.  Wheat field, wheat flour, wheat plant, etc..

A wheatberry is the wheat kernel after the hull is removed, hulled wheat.  Wheatberries are ready to be worked for food.  Everything there except the hull and the rest of the plant.

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well thank you so much! that makes perfect sense. Maureen