Wheat type for bran

Asked December 12, 2019, 11:59 AM EST

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

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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!