Botanical Name: Triticum aestivum
Common Names: Wheatgrass, couchgrass and agorpyron
Description: Wheatgrass is utilized in many different ways such as fresh, frozen, juiced (frozen and fresh), dried, tablets and powered. It has a bright green stalk and is well known for it’s nutritional benefits. Wheatgrass can be added in baked goods, smoothies, chip dips and even pesto.
- The nutritional benefits of wheatgrass have been known since the 1930’s when it was used in experiments with sick chickens.
- Wheatgrass was the center of the raw food movement in the first half of the 20th century.
- Wheatgrass was consumed by ancient Egyptians.
The following table provides the nutritional values for 1 cup (108 grams) of sprouted wheat provided by USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 22 (2009).
|Vitamin C||2.8 mg|
|Pathothenic Acid||1.023 mg|
|Aspartic Acid||.489 g|