Ancient Agro


Ancient Agro is working to bring lost and forgotten basic foods back into our food supply. We are always striving to offer basic healthy foods in their original forms.

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Ethiopian Blue Tinge

Ethiopian Blue Tinge is an Abyssinian emmer wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. dicoccum). It is a cultivar from Ethiopia selected by Dan Jason (Salt Spring Seeds, BC, Canada). It threshes easily when combine harvested (most emmer wheats do not thresh out of their husks during combine harvesting). It is a very long awned spring type and has an intriguing dark purple brown seed color. It has a tea like aroma and is fairly prolific. The bran color and flavor are due to the antioxidant polyphenolic compounds in the bran. In the whole wheat form, it probably ranks among the highest in healthful antioxidant capacity. Dough from the whole wheat flour darkens to the color of chocolate and correspondingly flavors the baked goods made from it. Ethiopian Blue Tinge is particularly successful as a dinner grain, single rise bread and as whole wheat pasta. The grain is distinctly hard, like the related durum wheat types; the protein level generally is higher than for common hexaploid wheat grown under similar circumstances. It is somewhat short in stature (usually is at least 2-3 feet tall). Its short stature may make it vulnerable to drought, so Ethiopian Blue Tinge is recommended for slower draining soils or wetter regions in California, and for supplying those who enjoy dark richly flavored whole wheat breads. At the time of evaluation by the UC Regional Testing program, it averaged about 40 inches in plant height with greater susceptibility to lodging than most conventional cultivars, and was moderately susceptible to stripe rust. It was evaluated as Entry 1671 in the UC Regional Common Wheat Testing program in 2010 for late fall planting at rainfed sites in the Central Valley and surrounding areas.


Patwin is a hard white spring wheat. It was developed by the University of California, Davis and released in 2006. It was selected from the cross Madsen/2*Express. Its experimental designations were UCD 03010/24 and UC 1419. It has short stature (average plant height is 38 in, similar to Blanca Grande and Clear White) and excellent straw strength. It is medium late maturing (flowers approximately 6 days later than Clear White and 10-12 days later than Blanca Grande). It has a 2NS/2AS translocation from Ae.ventricosum carrying leaf rust resistance gene Lr37, stripe rust resistance gene Yr17, and stem rust resistance gene Sr38. It has a semi-erect juvenile plant growth habit. Flag leaves are recurved and twisted. It has mid-dense, inclined strap shaped heads with white awns, and white glumes that are long and medium length with square shoulders and acuminate beaks. Kernels are oval, white, and hard. Seed has a midsize germ with a narrow crease, rounded cheeks, and a medium sized, non-collared brush. It contains the high molecular weight subunits 5+10 (Glu-D1). Patwin has high loaf volumes which are not significantly different from Blanca Grande but that are significantly larger than those observed for Clear White. All three cultivars have similar flour extraction rates. At the time of release it was resistant to stripe rust, leaf rust, and powdery mildew, moderately resistant to Septoria tritici leaf blotch, and susceptible to BYD. It subsequently became moderately resistant to leaf rust. It is resistant to the root-knot nematode due to the presence of the 2NS translocation from Ae.Ventricosum. It was evaluated as Entry 1419 in the UC Regional Cereal Testing program from 2004-present for late fall planting in the Central Valley, surrounding areas, the south-central coast region, and southern desert areas of California and in the Oregon Spring Wheat Elite Yield Trial conducted in cooperation with the UC Regional Cereal Testing program from 2007-2009 for spring planting in the intermountain region of northern California.

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Less than 50 acres

Wholesale (grain elevators)


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