[Sca-cooks] "Bojal" wheat

Antonia di Benedetto Calvo dama.antonia at gmail.com
Fri Dec 25 18:50:04 PST 2009

Suey wrote:
> 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?

OK, a very quick search on my part suggests that Catalan blat bojal = 
Spanish trigo redondillo = English durum wheat = Triticum turgidum.

Antonia di Benedetto Calvo

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