Durum wheat

Title Info
Common name Wheat, Durum
Scientific name Triticum durum
Taxonomic group Poaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants
Food plants Grains and cereals
Keywords Gramineae
Durum wheat, <i>Triticum durum</i>
Related materials: Wheat

Durum wheat. One of the oldest cultivated plants, wheat was first domesticated about 10,000 years ago in southwestern Asia, in the Fertile Crescent. There are several distinct species used for human food, as well as many species of wild relatives. Durum wheat, shown here before it has flowered or produced seeds, is used primarily for making pasta, couscous, and bulgur.