White Wheat: What Is It?


| 5/16/2019 12:00:00 PM


What is white wheat and why would you care?

White wheat isn’t just processed white flour. It’s a 100 percent whole wheat variety that is lighter in color than the typical red wheat we’re used to. The Whole Grains Council says we can think of it “as sort of albino wheat” because its genes for bran differ from standard red wheat. White wheat also has a less intense flavor than typical red wheat flour.

White wheat has gained popularity over the past 10 years or so because when it’s used to bake bread, the finished loaf has an amber color, which is more appealing to some people. In baked goods, white wheat gives a lighter texture and color.

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Photo by Loretta Sorensen

I use white wheat in my bread baking for the lighter, less coarse loaf it produces. It’s the only wheat flour I use in my Ezekiel bread because it results in a more fluffy, tender loaf than red wheat flour.



White wheat flour and white wheat berries are showing up on more and more grocery store shelves, which means it’s easy to add it to your pantry. Depending on the brand, the cost of white wheat flour is very comparable to red wheat.



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