Title Info
Common name Wheat
Scientific name Triticum
Taxonomic group Poaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants
Food plants Grains and cereals
Keywords Gramineae
Date 1998
Wheat, <i>Triticum</i>, fruiting head
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Wheat. One of the oldest cultivated plants, wheat was first domesticated about 10,000 years ago in southwestern Asia, in the Fertile Crescent. There are several distinct species used for human food, as well as many species of wild relatives.