Wheat Cousin Kernza Might Come To A Field Near You
The organic grain Kernza could soon come to a field near you thanks to a new arrangement among General Mills, its Cascadian Farm subsidiary and The Land Institute. The sweet- and nutty-tasting grain, a trademarked variety of intermediate wheatgrass, is a relative of annual wheat that goes well in cereals and snacks.
“We believe in the potential of this grain to make a positive ecological impact,” says Carla Vernón, vice president of Cascadian Farm. “This helps us live up to the expectation that our consumers have for Cascadian Farm and continue to be a pioneer in organic farming and land stewardship.”
The company says Kernza could help improve soil health and carbon sequestration as well as boost water retention and enrich wildlife habitat.