Usually it has only three short awns at the tip of the head.
Red Fife went out of production in the Great Depression, but seed preservationists kept the variety alive and it has made something of a comeback.
|Week-old Red Fife sprouts|
|Red Fife in boot stage|
|Red Fife blossoms|
It was named “red” because of the rich color of the kernels. But growers find it is sometimes quite light colored, as it adapts to a mild weather terroir.
|Red Fife grown this year in a Los Angeles front yard, showing a range of colors.|
|Kernels, glumes (chaff), and rachilla (head stem)|
In the next post, we'll talk a little about our other Lompoc-area wheat, GLENN, another fine grain for making bread.