Triticum aestivum macha
Herb: Makha Wheat
Latin name: Triticum aestivum macha
Synonyms: Triticum macha
Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)
Edible parts of Makha Wheat:Seed - cooked. It is usually ground into a flour and used as a cereal for making bread, biscuits etc.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Developed through cultivation, it is not known in a truly wild location.
Other uses of Makha Wheat:The straw has many uses, as a biomass for fuel etc, for thatching, as a mulch in the garden etc. A fibre obtained from the stems is used for making paper. The stems are harvested in late summer after the seed has been harvested, they are cut into usable pieces and soaked in clear water for 24 hours. They are then cooked for 2 hours in lye or soda ash and then beaten in a ball mill for 1? hours in a ball mill. The fibres make a green-tan paper. The starch from the seed is used for laundering, sizing textiles etc. It can also be converted to alcohol for use as a fuel.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow early spring or autumn in situ and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within a few days.
Cultivation of Makha Wheat:Developed through cultivation, it is not known in a truly wild location.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Triticum aestivum macha:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.