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  • Product Info

    Red Fife is an heirloom wheat with a high protein level (15.4%) and deeper, more complex flavors than common hard red winter wheats. If you mill your own flour, you’ll love the robust, slightly sweet and spicy taste of freshly milled organic Red Fife. Or you can boil the whole berries and use them in pilafs, soups, breakfast bowls, and grain salads.

    Red Fife’s origin is unknown, but it is believed that Mennonite farmers in Poland grew the wheat that was shipped to David Fife, a Scottish immigrant in Canada, in the mid-1800s. Fife then grew the wheat and shared it with other farmers, calling it Red Fife because of its distinctive color. Red Fife set the baking and milling standards from the 1860s to the turn of the 20th century, and has been placed on the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity’s “Ark of Taste. It is thought to be a relative of Halychanka, a Ukrainian Heritage wheat, prized for its rich flavors and excellent baking qualities.

  • Great to Use In:

    Grain Salads, Breakfast Bowls, Soups, Stews, Pilafs, or Home-milled into flour

  • Milled From:

    Organic Red Fife

  • Protein:

    14.0%

  • Extraction:

    N/A

  • Moisture:

    10.1%

  • Ash Content:

    N/A

  • Falling Number:

    N/A

  • more info:

    Heirloom Hard Red Winter Wheat

Customer Reviews

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Rob Shakespeare
High protein blend

I am now milling Red Fife and Glenn, about 80% extraction, as the high protein component of my levain hearth loaves. Allows me to get the flavors from low protein Warthog (whole) using the structure of the high proteins. I find Fife more flavorful than Glenn.

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Foxnoble
Wonderful Customer Service

Janie’s Mill has the best prices for Heritage Wheat Berries & it is worth getting extra to save on shipping. I placed my 1st order & there was a bit of a glitch, but I contacted Janie’s Mill & they were so very kind & helpful. We got everything straightened out & I’m looking forward to trying my wheat berries real soon. Thank you so much, I’m thrilled with my purchase!

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Eric Jorgensen
Great wheat from a great company!

I had used red fife wheat before but recently ran out and bought organic red winter wheat berries from elsewhere. What a mistake! Red fife wheat has a much better taste and texture than standard hard red wheat. When I discovered that Janies mill had red fife in stock and at a great price I was thrilled and bought 75lbs. My order showed up at my door incredibly quickly and was so carefully and thoughtfully packed that it may as well have been gift wrapped! Absolutely thrilled with both the wheat berries and the incredible people at Janies Mill!

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Linnea Matson
Organic Red Fife wheat, not just for eating!

For several years now, I’ve planted this wheat from Janie’s Farm as a winter wheat cover crop. The depth and density of the roots are amazing and therefor excellent for soil building (and carbon sequestration.) It was gorgeous when it ripened, golden and tall. The birds ate the grain, and I used the straw in my trying-to-be biodynamic garden in northern Illinois.

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Linda Ross
Red Fife Passes Our Taste Test

Our Red Fife berries arrived looking beautiful. We milled and baked a bread which tasted nuttier and more delicious than the wheat we're used to. Highly recommended.

Certifications You Can Trust

We are proud to have these three 3rd-party certification seals on every single product that comes out of Janie’s Mill.  They show you that an independent organization has determined that our products comply with specific requirements for safety, quality, and provenance. You can then enjoy Janie’s Mill products in full confidence that they are organic, kosher, wholesome, and delicious!