Wisconsin Pedigree No 2

Wisconsin Pedigree No. 2 is a selection of Turkey Red developed at the University of Wisconsin in the 'teens of the last Century.  We were astounded when this variety developed red stems just before harvest.  Red stems are a trait of Turkey Red that goes back to the Krymki wheat in the area of modern Ukraine from which Turkey Red was selected in the 1870s.  The color is caused by anthocyanins in the plants.  In addition to acting as antioxidants and fighting free radicals, anthocyanins may offer anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits.  We are seeing more mentions of red or purple colored stems in heritage wheat as we research heritage wheat varieties.  To learn more about our work with Wisconsin Pedigree No. 2, you can read "A Seed Story," which was published in Rural Heritage Magazine in the Spring of 2017.