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Wheatgrass Life Cycle

Wheatgrass which grows from the whole wheat grain masterpiece is truly a precious gift and has many fascinating immune system boosting qualities. So just what is this extremely valuable wheatgrass that even Jesus Christ spoke about with such love, passion and conviction as to its powers and health promoting qualities? Well, let’s learn more about the origination of this healing grass wonder, its life cycle, and its “mother’s” wheat grain structure. 

What pure delight to read reportedly Jesus Christ’s teachings in The Essene Gospel of Peace Book Four the Teachings of the Elect. This little booklet was said to be translated from an ancient manuscript discovered in the secret archives of the Vatican. Edmond Bordeaux Szekely (1900-1979) is the translator of this manuscript. 

Here you can read Jesus Christ’s words, in which he recommends consuming wheatgrass for its body strengthening qualities. 

Szekely requested that The Essene Gospel Of Peace - Book Four, be published two years after his death. Per his request, this booklet with such beautiful teachings was published in 1981 to the benefit of mankind. We can only guess as to why Szekely elected to have Book Four published posthumously. Perhaps, as some say, he wanted these teachings to stand alone unclouded by his existence. the sower

In this Book Four, there is a chapter describing the marvelous gift of the humble grass. Through the publication of this booklet, Szekely brings to the public’s attention Jesus Christ’s esoteric teachings on sowing the wheat seed to grow the astounding wheatgrass. 

Did you know even chickens flourish when eating the marvelous cereal grass

OK, so let’s learn more about the truly impressive and healing wheatgrass from which the cleansing and rebuilding chlorophyll juice can be extracted. 

This cereal grass is an emerald green young grass which is grown from planting the grain of wheat (seed) in soil. 

We need to have the wheat grains on hand so we can plant them and then grow this wheatgrass. The healthier and more mineral rich the soil, the more nutritious the profound wheatgrass will be. 

Let’s learn a bit about this grain, which we need, in order to grow this seemingly “magic potion.” Also, nourishing barley grass has a similar life cycle and equally healing qualities. 

Whole Wheat Grain Structure is a True Masterpiece

Let me share a bit about this extremely valuable whole wheat grain structure from which the blood building green grass grows. Highly nutritious 100% whole wheat flour can even be ground from this amazing grain. When the whole wheat flour is milled, the end result is white refined flour in which the nutrients have been largely removed. Yes, the entire wheat grain is needed to work its magic as an outstanding food source. Please note, whole grain can also refer to other whole grains, besides wheat, which were produced from the other different cereal grasses – barley, rice, rye, oats, corn, buckwheat, millet. 

Ok, to continue, there are several names for the whole wheat grain:

  • whole grain
  • wheat berry
  • wheat kernel
  • wheat seed
  • unrefined grain

The outer protective layer of the wheat grain structure is called the husk (chaff) and it must be removed before cooking or eating. There is also a hair like tuft structure at the top of the kernel. wheat seedInside the husk is the actual whole wheat grain which consists of 3 parts. Please see the wheat grain picture of the wheat grain structure to the right that shows these parts. 

First of all, the wheat grain structure consists of the bran, considered the protective skin for the rest of the kernel. It is made of many thin layers. The bran contains fiber, as well as important antioxidants and B vitamins. The bran makes up nearly 15% of the kernel. 

The next part of the wheat grain structure is the germ or it is also called the embryo from which a new plant may sprout. The embryo makes up to 2% of the kernel. It is rich in the nutrients riboflavin, magnesium, niacin, thiamin, phosphorus, iron, zinc, vitamin E, protein, and healthy fats. The oils and nutrition in wheat germ are known to be very healthy to eat. 

Finally as you can see in the wheat grain picture, there is the endosperm, which makes up the bulk of the seed and feeds the germ and the rest of the seed. The endosperm makes up 83% of the grain. It is mostly made up of starchy carbohydrates and protein, but also contains small quantities of vitamins and minerals. 

wheat shaftWhole grains have had their husks removed, but retain their bran, germ, and endosperm. 

To the left, is a picture of wheat stems. The ends of the wheat stems or heads of wheat hold the tiny whole wheat grains which are inside their individual husks (chaffs). 

Under the stems in the picture are the whole wheat grains (seeds). The wheat grain (caryopsis) has a dorsal (back) and ventral (front) side as well as a top and bottom. The front side of the grain has a deep groove extending from top to bottom. At the base on the opposite side of the grain, there is a small oval lump that represents the embryo which is inside the whole wheat grain. 

There is evidence that relatives of current day wheat existed as far back as 11,000 years ago in the middle east. Wheat grains were also found in the tombs of Egyptian kings. 

Wheatgrass Develops Extensive Root System

wheatgrass rootsThe whole wheat kernels (seeds) are planted in the soil. Soon the seed wall bursts open as the bud emerges from the embryo of the seed. Later the primary root emerges from the seed followed a few hours later by the first pair of little roots shooting out to the sides of the primary root. The roots grow and expand to provide the plant with water and nutrients absorbed from the soil. The first sprout soon develops from the bud and pushes up through the soil to emerge as a shoot, which then forms into the first foliage or blade of grass. That is the beginning stage of the young bountiful grass. 

wheatgrass pad and rootsHere is a wheatgrass picture from an upside down batch of wheatgrass I grew and already harvested. It shows the extensive root system of the hardy grass. These roots quickly expanded to create a thick nourishing web to best feed the growing grass. The roots took the shape of the indentations in the tray. If the wheat seeds are planted outdoors and with the right conditions being met, the extensive root system will help to mightily nourish the stalks of wheat. The wheatgrass grown indoors will not grow to produce stalks of wheat with their accompanying grains. The required environmental conditions are not met for this formation to occur.

 Young Wheatgrass is Bursting with Vitality

wheatgrass-field-1This beautiful outdoor young grass is demonstratively rich in vitality and nutrition. 

The juice from this young wheatgrass is a powerful natural healer. There are even medical studies being done in which cereal grass juice is used to offset damages of chemotherapy

Growing this remarkable green plant in the comfort of your home is easy and fun with the help of my How to Grow Glorious Wheatgrass at Home Tutorial. I should let you know that the wheatgrass juice is reported to be quite the natural aphrodisiac

This is the Organic Wheatgrass Growing Kit Which Includes Trays, Seeds, Soil, Instructions & More that I bought to grow this stellar cereal grass. With this kit, you will be growing wheatgrass in your home in no time. You can also check out my wheatgrass and barley grass growing supplies store.

If the outdoor wheatgrass in the field is not harvested, then it will grow into beautiful stalks of wheat. Many people refer to wheat fields right before harvest as looking like “seas of gold.

One Single Grain of Wheat Can Reproduce Itself With the Creation of 100 New Wheat Seeds

wheat plant fieldA farmer is inspecting a glorious wheat crop that is approaching maturity for harvest. Robust wheat flourishes in temperate climates, as well as in the extremes of both hot and cold weather. 

The wheat is primarily a self-pollinating plant. This pollinating process gives rise to the embryo and endosperm of the new seed. 

Once planted, this new single wheat seed can grow into a stalk of wheat that on average, according to one Nebraska study, develops 5 heads of wheat. Each head of wheat can develop, on average, 22 grains. Therefore, one single grain of wheat can reproduce itself with the creation of 110 new seeds after going through the plant’s life cycle. 

Favorable wheat seeds appear large, full, rich, and full bodied. They are the results of proper environmental conditions being met. Distressed grains, which are not graded for human consumption, appear small and shrunken. 

Wheat is one of the most widely planted crops in the world. Wheat is the principal cereal grain crop used for food consumption in the United States. Out of all the cereal grains, wheat is the most widely grown grain, occupying 17% of the total cultivated land in the world. It is the staple food for 35% of the world’s population and provides more calories and protein in people’s diet than any other crop. It is the plant most essential to mankind. 

After the wheat has reached maturity and the heads of wheat bow down, it is time to harvest this blessing of nature. 

wheat harvesterThe pictured green combine harvests the fully ripe wheat. The machinery also threshes the wheat. Threshing is the process of separating the grain from the stem and husk. The husk is also called the chaff. Hence the term, separating the wheat from the chaff. 

The remains of the wheat, once the grains are separated, are referred to as straw. The straw can be used for bedding for animals or mixed back in with the soil. 

I am grateful for these farmers who grow and harvest the magnificent wheat. The work of these unsung heroes, bring to us the delightful whole wheat grains which can then be used to grow our nutritious wheatgrass from which we can all greatly benefit. 

I hope you enjoyed learning more about the glorious wheatgrass grain, the wheatgrass life cycle, and the interesting wheat grain structure. 

 

 

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