Wheat type for bran
We are soapmakers and include Red Wheat Bran for scouring. A customer is attempting a certification process and needs to know whether the latin name for the wheat would be Triticum vulgare or Triticum aestivum.
Multnomah County Oregon wheat
Thank you for your question. T. vulgare is a subspecies of T. aestivum. If the bran from T. aestivum is actually what is being used, the proper nomenclature is Triticum vulgare ssp. aestivum (all letters italicized).
I have been unable to confirm with the miller if we are provided the subspecies vulgare but my reading seems to indicate that it is a variety grown especially for the production of wheat germ oil. I know our bran is from Red Wheat. It seems most likely that I am not dealing with vulgare but I would love to know if you agree.
Red wheat is a rather generic term including those described here: http://wheat.okstate.edu/variety-characteristics-1/variety-characteristics Without information about what was planted (from the grower), or a DNA test, there is no way to ID the subspecies. All wheat grains have oils in their embryo: https://psfaculty.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/plantsciences_faculty/beckles/wheat.html I can find no source indicating that one variety is superior, but if you have, I’d be happy to research it!