Germ of wheat

Wheat is known to have been cultivated in Europe and Asia as far back as 9,000 years ago. Wheat grains contain three parts: the germ, the kernel or endosperm or floury endosperm and envelopes and integuments forming the bran.

The germ is like a little tiny wheat embryo in the center of the grain. It plays a role in the reproduction and production of new wheat. Wheat germ is part of a wheat kernel and is responsible for helping the plant reproduce and spawn new wheat.

The germ is the healthiest part of the wheat berry. Even though it’s quite small, only about 3% of the wheat berry, it has a growing reputation as a nutritional powerhouse and breakout health-boosting superhero. The germ is rich in oil and proteins.

Wheat germ contains a variety of minerals that help human body perform different functions. Zinc, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium are all packed inside the germ.

Wheat also contains other bioactive compounds such as vitamins, antioxidants, phytosterols, plant-based protein, wheat germ agglutinin, and oxalate.

Wheat germ comes in many forms, such as extracted oil, raw, and toasted. Wheat germ is added to some granolas, cereals, and cornbread, and it’s also available raw. It is a popular topping for fruit pies, yogurt, ice cream, and hot or cold cereal.
Germ of wheat

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