Einkorn Wheat (KUSA strain)

Suitable for Fall planting in zone 5 

Triticum monococcum               110 days

single grain head of einkornThis is a spring growth wheat. Also called “Stone Age Wheat” Einkorn, which means “one grain” in German, is one of the oldest cereal crops, dating back to Biblical times. My interest in Einkorn is two fold. One prominent characteristic of ancient wheat varieties is that persons who can not tolerate modern wheat varieties, in many cases can tolerate the ancient wheat, like Emmer, Dinkle and Einkorn. Another aspect of Einkorn is that it grows well in poor soils with minimal water requirements. The drawback is that Einkorn and other ancient wheat varieties ( I am including spelt) are difficult to dehull. I have tried a number of methods with no real success. Specialized equipment does exist but it would be cost prohibitive for a small scale grower. I did learn one interesting possibility from the folks at The BBGS (the Biblical Botanical Garden Society); it was suggested that in Biblical times, the dry grain may have been immersed in water and allowed to swell. The swollen grain would burst the hull and after drying again, the grain could then be easily dehulled. This makes a lot of sense and sounds like an accidental first encounter with beer brewing. I plan to try this method and I will report my findings. I plant my seed in spring around the second week ofeinkorn-seed-2016 April. You can broadcast over the soils surface or plant 1/2” deep in rows. This is preferred if you are starting out with a small quantity, hoping to increase your seed stock. My first packet of Einkorn was 35 seeds. I ended up starting them in plug flats in the greenhouse and then transplanting them into the garden. Einkorn is harvested in the summer once the plants begin to dry. The wheat is bundled and brought into the drying shed or greenhouse for a few weeks before threshing. Traditionally this “curing” is done in the field by “shocking” the wheat, but Indiana summers sometimes experience heavy downpours of rain, which could cause mold growth in the seed heads.

This Einkorn strain is facultative. I successfully grew out a fall planted bed (2016) and it did quite well. I now have both a supply of fall planted seed and spring planted seed. Spring planting can be a gamble here in Indiana (we could still have a foot of snow on the ground in late March/early April). Fall planting is better suited to my region. I can not say what the winter hardiness for this Einkorn strain is in areas colder than a zone 5.

*I am offering this seed for the purpose of preservation. Grain fill in my region (northern Indiana) is less than one would expect in areas more suitable to raising spring wheat (cooler and more arid). This variety will need selection and adaptation to improve grain fill, yield and disease resistance in regions with frequent spring/summer rains, humidity and heat.

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76 Responses to Einkorn Wheat (KUSA strain)

  1. Thomas Russell says:

    Please let me know when you have more seed on stock. I would also like to know if there are any quantity discounts.
    Thank you,

    Thomas Russell

    • John Sherck says:

      The soonest I will have Einkorn again will be in the Fall.
      I am planting a new plot today. Unfortunately I do not sell
      bulk amounts and have no discounts.


  2. Lindsay Hengehold says:

    I am also interested in buying Einkorn seeds what you have them available again. I will check back with you in October this year. Thank You. Have a great growing season.

  3. Please let us know when you have seed to offer for sale this season. We want to plant next summer. Thanks! BTW we also heard that to release the seed from the hull it should be soaked then dried again. Even using a fan to aid in the drying if too humid

  4. Meg Fisher says:

    Please advise when seed is available for purchase.

  5. Elizabeth Laing says:

    Hello, I would also like to buy some einkorn wheat when its available.
    Do you ship to New Zealand? I cant get it or flour anywhere here:(

    • John Sherck says:

      I am not really set up to ship overseas. I have done it before but I make special arrangements with folks ahead of
      shipping. My standard $4.50 shipping rate does not cover the costs of sending overseas.

      How much seed are you looking for?

  6. Hello,
    I am interested in purchasing your einkorn seed. Please let me know when it is available.
    Thank you,

  7. Avgustina says:

    Hi! Do you know what is the procedure of seeding – do we seed the Einkorn with the hull or not@ Thank you 🙂

  8. Katherinedesmond@me.com says:

    hello, could I order some seeds this year? Could you set aside 4-5 packets? I’m interested in seeing how it grows here in VT

    • John Sherck says:

      Hello Katherine,
      I no longer hold seed back for pre orders. It gets to complicated, as I
      do everything myself. I should have plenty of Einkorn. Check back to place
      and order after Thanksgiving. That is when the website will be enabled to
      take orders again.

      John Sherck

  9. Bob says:

    I would like a small amount of seeds to try my hand at planting seeds this fall. I live in a small town and a small plot.
    Thanks, Bob

    • John Sherck says:

      Hello Bob,
      The soonest I will have seed available is around Thanksgiving. This website
      will be ready to take orders at that time. The vast majority of seed I have
      is for spring planting.

  10. Clive Jennery (in Gloucestershire, UK) says:

    I am trying to source some Einkorn seed, and was delighted to find your site. I wish to trial some on my small farm in Gloucestershire.

    Can you please confirm, now that fall has arrived, do you in fact have some for sale? And would you be prepared to post them to me in the UK – of course, I shall pay for shipping.
    I had hoped to buy around 500 to 1,000 seeds?
    Thanking you in advance.
    Kind regards, Clive JENNERY

    • John Sherck says:

      Hello Clive,

      Sorry it took a while to get back with you. yes I would be willing to ship Einkorn to you. I can not promise that US or UK customs will not interfere.
      Frankly, I do not know the rules of International shipments of seed. I have shipped to the Netherlands, Canada and Italy without any issues. It is
      worth a shot. I would have to come up with a shipping cost and then make arrangements with you for payment. My website is not set up for international
      shipping. That could be done via Paypal or Western Union. I sell 150 seed for $4.00 US. Let me know if this would work for you. You can email me at



      • edward says:

        Hi I’m sorry for butting in. John did you send the seeds to the UK? And clive you have any problems with customs?. Thank you edd.

        • John Sherck says:

          Hello Edward, I never shipped any seed to Clive. I might have waited to long to reply. I can not answer
          how customs would handle it.

          • edward says:

            Hi John thankyou for the quick reply. I was just wondering if you had sent seeds to Clive you might have had an approx price for postage. Also see if Clive had any problems this side. If you have sent them to Italy without any problems in the past, it should be ok for the UK. Would you still be willing to post some and if so when is the best time to contact you later in the year. Thankyou edd

          • John Sherck says:

            Hey, Edd. I will have my new crop of Einkorn available around the first of November. I am always willing to try shipping
            anywhere. I do not process those orders through my website. Mainly it is to account for the shipping costs. Fire me off
            an email around the first of November and we can make arrangements. If you have PayPal, it is really easy to set up a
            payment. I believe we ALL should be getting this valuable heritage grains (and veggies as well) dispersed to as many
            gardeners in diverse places around the globe. One of these days, corporate interests are going to try to shut down the
            free exchange of seed. Just so you know, I always present the option to folks in other countries to do a even trade of
            seed. You may have access to varieties of wheat, barley, oats and rye that I can’t easily get. Just a thought. -John

  11. Chrisi Lemke Pinto says:

    I am interested in growing about 40 acres of this organically if I can find enough seed. Please let me know when you have more seed in stock. Thank you!

  12. Can you let me know when you have seed again?

  13. George says:

    Hello is it possible to find the black einkorn seed but dicoccum ???Please send me an email as soon as possible.Thank you a lot.

    • John Sherck says:

      My understanding is that T. dicoccum is an emmer wheat variety. Closely related to Einkorn which is T. monococcum . I have seen “Black Einkorn” at Prairie Garden Seeds in Canada, but it is listed as T. monococcum . If you want to dig in really deep, I suggest you access one of the seed banks like USDA GRIN or, even better Genesys, it affords the ability to search seed banks world wide. You can request seed from these governmental entities, but they exist to provide seed for folks engaged in research and/or seed saving. Have a reasonable reason for your seed request! You may find what you are searching for in theses seed banks.

  14. April Blomgren says:

    Please let me know when you will have more Einkorn seed in stock. Thanks.

    • John Sherck says:

      I am planning to plant again this spring. Should have it available in the fall. I usually
      start selling the new seeds around Thanksgiving. I am also trialing an easily dehulled variety
      of einkorn. If it produces, I may have a few seeds available as well.

  15. Robin Golay says:

    Please notify me when you have seeds available. Thank you for all your hard work!

  16. Talon says:

    Do you know what the plant to seed ratio is usually?

    • John Sherck says:

      I have not grown out large plots of Einkorn, so my data is limited. A head of
      Einkorn can have, conservatively, 22 grains (this is considering my strain, which
      is one of the more ancient. There are many strains of Einkorn out there.) If the
      plant tillers well, and you have say 10 – 15 stalks per plant, then the ratio
      could be 1 seed – 220 seed, or as much as 330 seeds.

      • Talon says:

        Thanks I’ve been wondering about the yield for awhile. I’m getting my seeds from Kusa so I belive they’re a fairly ancient strain. Plus your answer has reassured me of placing my order.

        • John Sherck says:

          My strain of Einkorn came from KUSA as well. It has low yields compared to other strains. Here is a website
          that has a lot of info on Einkorn Beyond this, all I can
          add is that I am growing a Einkorn strain this spring, which is supposed to be easily de-hulled. It is called
          Ble Dur Arcour. We will see.

  17. Kyle says:

    How close is your field to that of other wheat fields? I’m asking do to concern of cross contamination with the hybrid wheat. I’m looking at growing wheat myself for personal use and that’s why I ask. I don’t want the contamination of hybrid wheat.

    • John Sherck says:

      I am surrounded by woods on all sides. The nearest commercial farm is close to a mile
      from me. Crossing should not be an issue. Cereal grains can be grown in close proximity
      without crossing. The only exception is Rye. That is my understanding.

  18. Talon says:

    Not to long ago i read that in the U.S. it’s illegal to grow wheat in your Garden without regestiring it. Has anyone has a Problem with this?

  19. Linda says:

    I am interested in growing this.

  20. Elvis Barnes says:

    Let me know when seeds become available…so that I may purchase some

  21. Jim Savage says:

    My father wishes to plant some of your wheat for his personal consumption. Do you currently have any planting seeds available to sell? Thank you

    • John Sherck says:

      I am still processing crops for this season. I start selling around the middle of November. I am not planting much einkorn any longer since it is
      very difficult to remove the hulls without specialized equipment. If I offer any seed, it will be in very small packets geared towards growers
      looking to raise their own seed for breeding or adapting. If you are looking for seed now, I would suggest Bountiful Gardens, Prairie Garden Seeds,
      and the Heritage Grain Conservancy.

  22. alli says:

    So are you going to have any available or not? I’ve read all of the reviews & you say you’ll start selling in the middle of November, but above says your sold out. So I’m just curious to see if your already sold out or still processing?
    Also, if your suppose to plant the grain with the hulls intact, why stop planting because of the difficulty of removing the hulls?

    • alli says:

      and is there a newsletter or a way you’ll notify buyers when you have some for sale (if you will)?

      Thanks 🙂

    • John Sherck says:

      Hello Alli, I sold out of Einkorn almost immediately. The reason I am moving away from growing Einkorn is because without a easy
      way to remove the hulls you won’t be able to cook with it or make bread. Einkorn is a valuable variety for sure, but difficult for
      small scale growers to process. I can suggest Bountiful Gardens in Willits California as a excellent source for Einkorn seed. I
      believe they have 2 strains.

  23. wyoartist2 says:

    Do you have any Einkorn seed for sale at this time? (January 2017) Thank you.

  24. Samuel Plew says:

    I planted 1500 last year and harvested 30,000 or so, (half a feed bag full). Really puzzling over the dehulling! Did you try the water swelling method? It’s June 3rd and I haven’t been able to plant them yet, do you think its too late? My sorghum and millet seem to like a late planting. My dragons claw millet was a bear to dehull, but I found I had forgotten a bunch ina bucket in my greenhouse…so really dry, I rubbed it between two sheets of plywood over a tarp and it was a breeze, so I’ll try the einkorn that way too.

  25. Brosnan says:

    Hi, I’m new to this. How much seed do I need per acre?

  26. michael says:

    i would also like to buy some seed to grow on my little acre farm

  27. Mateus Peruzzo says:

    Hello John, I would like to plant it in Brazil, is it possible for you to send it?

  28. Cory says:

    Can fall grown seed be planted in spring?
    If you soak and then dry them is the seed still viable or only good for milling?
    About how much seed is needed per acre ?
    Thank you, great subject matter!!!

    • John Sherck says:

      My KUSA Einkorn is facultative, which means it can be spring or fall planted. I am growing out now as to separate lines. One to be selected from for spring plantings and one to be selected for fall plantings. I can not say for sure how it would survive in areas colder than zone 5. Regarding soaked seed, I do not believe it would be viable as seed once dried. Eli Rogosa suggests planting 12 Lb to the acre for fall planting and 16 Lb to the acre for spring planting (fewer tillers in spring plantings). This recommendation is for Heritage Wheat in general.

  29. Wendy says:

    I have a farmer who is willing to plant einkorn wheat on my land. We want to plant soon, but he wants to kill the weeds using Round up first….there have been decades of GMO planted on this land…Any suggestion on other seeds we could plant as cover crops to crowd out the weeds along with einkorn? My plan is to improve and regenerate the soil. Is it too late this year? I’m in S.E. Michigan. Thanks for your help.

    • John Sherck says:

      All I can suggest is that if you use roundup to kill the weeds, you are probably killing the marketability.
      Most consumers looking for einkorn are also looking for organically grown. As far as what to plant to suppress
      weeds, I would suggest white clover or Crimson clover (early spring planted). Neither of these will out grow
      the wheat.

      • Wendy says:

        John, Thanks for your speedy reply. Yes, we will not use Round Up, you’re right, it would just defeat the purpose. So you are suggesting that we wait until the spring to plant the einkorn along with the cover crops? Should we purchase seed now though?
        thank you again!

        • John Sherck says:

          I plant my fall wheat the first week of October. You may want to check with your local extension agent regarding planting dates.
          I have always spring planted Einkorn until this last season. I planted last October a small plot of Einkorn and it survived the
          winter with no issues. Summer harvest was earlier and the grain quality was good. It was also a very mild winter!
          White and red clover are perennial and can be fall planted. Crimson clover is an annual in the north and needs to be spring
          planted. Also, unless you have your einkorn seed already, it may be difficult to find any large quantity of seed. I only offer
          small, 10 gram packets and am nearly sold out. I assume you are considering a large area.

  30. Heidi in TN says:

    Hello, I’d like to plant some Einkorn this fall (zone 7) and see if it takes. How many seeds would you estimate there are in 10 grams? Thanks so much!

  31. Whitfield Smith says:

    The customer service was great here, and will most definitely buy more seed from here. Also very high germination rate.

  32. Laura Tew says:

    Will you have any Einkorn for the Fall?

  33. LoRita Holman says:

    I am interested in purchasing some einkorn seed this fall to grow in my garden.

  34. scott rian says:

    When will you have seed avalible

  35. Julia Magalhães says:

    When will you have seed avalible? I would like to plant it in Brazil.

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