Every day I learn something that helps me with my prepping. Yesterday I learned not to jump to conclusions to soon. The wheat berries I talked about in yesterdays post started to sprout the hulls broke open on many of them, but the sprouts are not growing normally. They appear to have a very stunted growth compared to normal. I am going to let them go for another day or so to see what happens, but by now they would normally be ready.
So what does this tell us about the value of the 35-year-old stored wheat berries?
1. The normal reason you sprout wheat berries is to increase the nutrition. When the wheat berry is sprouted, vitamin B-12 quadruples, other B vitamins increases 3 to 12 times, vitamin E content triples, and the fiber content increases. Test show that.
- Vitamin B1 (thiamin) increase of 28%
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) increase of 315%
- Vitamin B3 (niacin) increase of 66%
- Vitamin B5 (pantathenic) increase of 65%
- Biotin increase of 111%
- Folic acid increase of 278%
- Vitamin C increase of 300%
In this case, the wheat berries did not sprout normally. I believe that the nutrition content of this wheat would increase, but not to its full potential.
2. I don’t think these would be viable for use as seeds.
3. The wheat would contain usable calories.
4. You could use the wheat for baking bread and other normal uses.
Wheat is definitely worth storing; even under these adverse conditions, it still contains calories and a good portion of its nutrition. Stored under better conditions and with the use of oxygen absorbers I believe that it would properly have sprouted normally.
A type of wheat found in the tombs of the pharaohs and stored under ideal conditions has sprouted even though it was well over a couple of thousand years old.