Wheat – An Important State Agricultural Product

Wheat is an essential state agricultural product in the United States, with 19 states having substantial wheat crops, as well as specialized state wheat commissions. These states include: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.


Classes of Wheat

There are six classes of wheat grown in the U.S.

  1. Durum
  2. Hard Red Spring
  3. Hard Red Winter
  4. Hard White
  5. Soft Red Winter
  6. Soft White

wheat pie photo courtesy of grandparents.com

wheat pie photo courtesy of grandparents.com

Sometimes called Easter Grain Pie, this Italian dish is a holiday tradition, especially in the southern part of the country. The wheat-based crust is symbolic of springtime, and is filled with a sweet ricotta before it’s baked. From the online series Cooking With Nonna, this version includes small pieces of candied fruit, sure to appeal to kids.

 


Ingredients for Easter Wheat Pie

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 pound wheat berries or hulled wheat (from soft wheat)
  • 8 large eggs, separated
  • 3 pounds ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Candied fruit pieces (optional)

 

Ingredients For the Pastry Dough:

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable shortening

 

 

Directions for Making the Easter Wheat Pie:

To prepare wheat for the filling:
Rinse hulled wheat with water and place in a large bowl. Add enough cold water to cover and let soak overnight in the refrigerator. Drain the wheat and place in a saucepan with enough cold water to cover. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 20 to 30 minutes, until tender. Cool completely for use in the recipe.

  1. In a large bowl, beat 8 egg yolks. (Set egg whites aside in a separate bowl for later.) Add ricotta, wheat, and sugar. Mix until well incorporated. Add vanilla and candied fruit pieces and mix well. Beat egg whites until fluffy and foamy and fold into ricotta mixture.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, 6 eggs, pinch of salt, and lemon zest. Knead until a dough is formed.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking pans with shortening and set aside. Cut a piece of the dough, according to the size of the pan, and roll it out with a rolling pin. The dough should not be too thick. Lay dough into the greased baking pan. Fill the pan with the ricotta mixture.
  4. For the top crust, cut another smaller piece of dough and roll very thin. Cut this into strips and place across top of pie, in a criss-cross pattern. Press the dough edges together with a fork, like a pie.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

Serves 6


Note: The above recipe is courtesy of Grandparents.com
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