With wheat harvest on the minds of many of #YourFarmers these days, we were curious, what gets made from Ontario wheat? We’ve already spoken about the different types of wheat that can be grown, but what varieties of wheat are grown in Ontario? Where are they grown and what is made from these wheat varieties?
Below is a graphic that shows the four types of wheat we grow in Ontario:
The four types of wheat we grow are:
- Canada Eastern Hard Red Winter Wheat
- Canada Eastern Soft Red Winter Wheat
- Canada Eastern Hard Red Spring Wheat
- Canada Eastern Soft White Winter Wheat.
These varieties are classified based on their colour (red or white), hardness due to protein amount (hard or soft) and their growing season (winter or spring).
Each of the flour from the four classes of wheat are best suited to a particular type of food product.
- Canada Easter Hard Red Winter Wheat is commonly used to make flat breads or noodles.
- Canada Eastern Soft Red Winter Wheat is used to make cookies and cereals.
- Canada Eastern Hard Red Spring Wheat is used to make breads.
- Canada Eastern Soft White Winter Wheat issued to make cakes and pastries.
Most of the wheat growing in Ontario is Canada Eastern Soft Red Winter Wheat that is used to make cookies and cereals. This is because this variety of wheat does the best with our climate and soil conditions.
Looking at the map above, what type of wheat is grown in your area?