For many years, Saskatchewan was known as the ‘Breadbasket of the World’ because so much wheat was grown and sold all over the world.
The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission represents approximately 25,000 wheat farmers in the province.
Saskatchewan is a major wheat producer. Our province grows approximately 80% of Canada’s durum wheat and 40% of the country’s non-durum wheat. In fact, Saskatchewan-grown durum wheat represents approximately 40% of all the durum exported in the world!
Did you know?
- Durum is the kind of wheat that is made into pasta. This is because durum kernels are very firm and when you make it into dough, it can be more easily stretched into long pieces without breaking. Other wheats break down into a fine, powdery flour that is used in bread and baked goods.
- Close to half of all Canadian wheat is grown in Saskatchewan, followed by Alberta and Manitoba.
- In Canada, all refined wheat flour is fortified with thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), folic acid and iron.
- A standard bushel of durum wheat (about half a laundry basket) makes about 210 servings of spaghetti. If you eat pasta three times a week, it would still take 70 weeks to eat all the pasta from only 1 bushel of durum!
How is wheat grown?
Read this article from Canadian Food Focus to learn how Saskatchewan farmer Jake Leguee grows wheat in Canada.