How wheat changed the world

Tom Oder
From ancient Egyptian bread to Kellogg's cereals, wheat has been a culinary mainstay for thousands of years.  Wheat isn't sexy. At least not in the way that chefs find heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables sexy. It doesn't have the allure of free-range poultry, grass-fed beef or wild-caught fish. Those are terms that make foodies' eyes open wide as they scan a menu.

But wheat? Wheat is a member of the grass family that produces a dry, one-seeded fruit called a kernel that can be ground into flour. What's sexy about that?

Maybe nothing — unless you're a wheat farmer or a researcher trying to develop a new or improved strain of this grain. But sex appeal isn't why we put wheat on our list of 10 foods that changed the world. READ ARTICLE