Today we featured wheat on our Who Knew Wednesday? foodie chat…so here are some of our fun facts gathered about it from the National Association of Wheat Growers:
– Wheat has been a principal cereal crop since the 1700’s as it is used for bread, pastries, pasta and pizza crusts
– About 75% of all American grain products are made from wheat flour
– About 50% of wheat grown in the U.S. is used here
– Kansas alone produces enough wheat each year to bake 36 billion loaves of bread
– An acre of wheat can feed about 9,000 people in one day
– Never refrigerate bagels or any bread product. Bread products go stale up to 6 times faster in the refrigerator. Leave these products at room temperature or freeze them.
– The first bagel rolled into the world in 1683 when a baker from Vienna, Austria was thankful to the King of Poland for saving Austria from Turkish invaders. The baker reshaped the local bread so that it resembled the King’s stirrup!
– One bushel of wheat weighs approximately 60 pounds and makes 42 pounds of white flour or 60 pounds of whole wheat flour
– A bushel of wheat makes about 42 pounds of pasta or 210 servings of spaghetti.
– Wheat is also prominent in flour tortillas and crackers
Wheat allergies are rare, but can still impact up to 6% of the population who are gluten-sensitive. So you can find plenty of tasty alternatives if you need to avoid wheat.
Here is a picture of Lexie’s ‘snaigels’!
Who Am I?
– I was born on this date in 1936 in St. Simons, Georgia
– I attended Syracuse University in New York
– I was the 6th overall pick in the 1957 NFL Draft and was Rookie of the Year
– I shared the same last name as my head coach
– I led my team to the NFL Championship in 1964
– I was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971
– I appeared in more than 30 films, including The Dirty Dozen
– WHO AM I?
Former Cleveland Browns running back, Jim Brown! Congratulations to Judy from Mount Vernon who wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.
Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Lexie