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Five Fun Facts About Wheat!

We all love a great slice of bread, but seldom think about where it comes from. Here are five fun facts about wheat that you can think about the next time you’re waiting for your toast to pop.

1. In Canada, it is suggested that wheat was first grown as early as 1605 at Port-Royal.

2. One bushel of wheat contains approximately one million individual kernels, weighs approximately 60 pounds and yields approximately 42 pounds of white flour OR 60 pounds of whole-wheat flour.

3. A bushel of wheat yields 42 one-and-a-half pound commercial loaves of white bread OR about 90 one-pound loaves of whole wheat bread.

4. Never refrigerate any bread product. Bread products go stale up to six times faster in the refrigerator. Leave these products at room temperature or freeze them.

5. Goods made from wheat that aren’t food include straw particle board (wood) used in kitchen cabinets, paper, hair conditioners, adhesives on postage stamps, medical swabs,

Photo Credit: Government of Canada National Research Council Canada