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Maparcha (PI 125343) is a poulard wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp turgidum). It is a landrace from Laghman, Afghanistan. Poulard wheat is closely related to durum wheat, the main distinction being that the grain of poulard wheat is much softer in texture. Poulard wheat is very prolific, and produces long strong straw. The starch quality of Maparcha is very unusual in that it appears to be very high in amylopectin, which should give it culinary properties similar to sticky rice and waxy corn. The dough does not darken on standing. Protein content is usually much lower than for any other wheat grown under similar conditions. Maparcha is an awned spring type and has pale yellow seed color. It has tall plant height (can grow up to 5 feet in height). It has been grown successfully in the Sacramento Valley when planted in late November through early December and has been most successful in wetter years.