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The Common Wheat (Triticum aestivum)

Some eighty years ago or less, near enough 500 different types of wheat were grown in Mallorca, an abundant variety. Now, it is virtually down to one type only, the Common Wheat (Triticum aestivum), Trigo (Castellano) or Blat (Catalan). Luckily, Llavorsdeforavila, a recently established movement of traditional natural agriculture here in Mallorca, is trying to slowly reestablish some of the traditional wheat varieties into our daily bread eating habits. This endeavour admittedly only extends to few participants and very limited areas of farming land but, on a slowly growing scale. With a bit of luck, there may be a renaissance of sustainable agriculture in the making, here in Mallorca, just as there has been in wine making and in olive oil production over the last twenty years or so.

The photo was taken near Vilafrance de Bonany, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: May 25th, 2011. The time was 17:48:33.

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