Herb latin name: Triticum bicorne
Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)
Edible parts of Triticum bicorne:Seed - cooked. Usually ground and used as a flour. The grain adheres to the chaff, making it more difficult to separate.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Developed through cultivation, it is not known in a truly wild location.
Other uses of Triticum bicorne: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.
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 Triticum bicorne:Developed through cultivation, it is not known in a truly wild location.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Triticum bicorne:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.