Did you know that at one time in our history, wheat was even used as money?
Wheat and other grains provide energy for our bodies and fiber for our digestive systems.
In Oregon, the primary type of wheat our farmers grow (soft white wheat) makes the best cakes, pastries, donuts, cookies, Middle Eastern flat breads, muffins and other baked goods. About 90% of Oregon wheat is exported overseas, much to Japan and other Asian countries for special foods like ramen noodles and steam breads.
Despite their popularity, meta-analyses demonstrate that low-carbohydrate diets are no more effective for weight loss than low-fat or balanced diets!
If you measure the importance of crops grown in the Pacific Northwest by the number of acres planted, then wheat is the top crop, with a whopping total of 4.2 million acres of winter and spring wheat (2018).