Know the Different Types of Grain

Learn the basics of different types of grain, and get a start on your own garden.

| November 8, 2013

Uprisings Cover

"Uprisings," by Sarah Simpson and Heather McLeod, offers all you need to know about different types of grains, from wheat to rye to khorasan.

Cover Courtesy New Society Publishers

An important book from authors Sarah Simpson and Heather McLeod, Uprisings (New Society Publishers, 2013) shows how communities can take back their power by reviving local grain production to improve the local economy and food security, as well as the environment. Growing your own wheat, rye, and other grains can be a big part of this process. In this excerpt from “Grains 101: The Basics,” the authors explain traits of different types of grains, so that you can get a good start on planning your grain garden.

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While many grains look similar, they each have different benefits and qualities that can help your garden and open the door to new experiments in your kitchen. To help you choose which grains to grow, here’s the general lowdown on your options.

Cereal Grains


Triticum vulgare
1 bushel = 60 pounds

Wheat has fed human beings for thousands of years — it really is the “staff of life.” It’s a household staple, useful for bread, pasta and pastries. The whole grains, called “berries,” can also be cooked like rice, or even sprouted.

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