[Sca-cooks] "Bojal" wheat

Suey lordhunt at gmail.com
Fri Dec 25 16:44:05 PST 2009

Suey wrote:
> According to the Wikipedia article "Historia de la gastronomia de 
> Espana," from the 7th
> C BC Carthaginians cultivated common wheat, barley, germinated spelt 
> and "bojal" wheat. "Boj" means boxwood in English but this word 
> "bojal" does not seem to appear anywhere in google except in this 
> article. The word is not found in the Royal Academy of Spain's 
> dictionary. Any ideas as to what the English equivalent could be?
> My hunch is that it could be red wheat but we have hard and soft, 
> winter and spring???
> Suey
We are working on this here. I have asked Wilipedia to define this but 
have had no reply yet. I have a new theory. I associate boj/boxwood with 
red. In the 8th Century BC I think we had common wheat and buckwheat in 
Spain. Buckwheat in Spanish is 'alforfon, trigo negro or trigo 
sarraceno.' Saracen wheat to me would be red, as well as hard red winter 
wheat etc. Can anyone add to this?

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