Wheat's grueling life journey

28 January 20227 min reading

After being spread into the field as a seed, and being exposed to various natural events such as heat, cold, drought, rain, snow, storm, and wind for months, the wheat that comes out of the ear and goes to the mills is ground here, shaped by master hands, and becomes a guest on our tables from the ovens. In the Journey of wheat, flour turns into dough, and dough into various types of bread, pastries, and desserts. We witness the transformation of wheat with lavash, pita, flatbread, flaky pastry, and baklava every day.

Bayram Umut
Product Consultant Manager

While there are so many kinds of bakery products, one cannot help but think about the raw material of these products. How much do we know the value of wheat, which is the raw material of thousands of bakery products from bread to baklava, pastry, pasta, semolina bulgur, biscuits and cakes? 

One cannot help but wonder whether there is a need for awareness call for this because awareness and empathy remind us of life, blessing and everything in the universe. Can we humans discern the difference between looking and seeing?

Wheat is the first element in terms of the flavor it gives people and the blessing of the energy source it adds. If there were no wheat, the first loser would be the food industry such as bakers and pastry. In order to understand the life journey of wheat, I, as a bread and cake worker, would like to share awareness by revealing the invisible or what we do not want to see.

As a bread and bakery product master, I know very well what wheat suffers. I can even say that when I think about what it goes through I feel the same. I find the proverb 'half the world knows not how the other half lives' very valuable for understanding wheat.

If we understand the pains wheat goes through until it becomes a delicious morsel for us, then maybe we will value it more. When we look at today, it is a fact that we do not understand wheat, just as half the world knows not how the other half lives. The best time we understand the value of wheat is when we human beings are hungry. That's why I can say that awareness and empathy are gratitude for all blessings. 

Wheat and man are both seeds. Both thrive in the dark. The one who clings to the field becomes an ear, and the one who clings to the mother's field (womb) becomes a human. Of course, this is only the beginning. It is the first step to life. Life is always up and down like the cardiac rhythm. Life is not always a feast for all living things and their blessings. Making life a feast is to use the mind with effort, empathy, awareness, to notice the difference and to make sense of it. 

The birth and beginning of the life of wheat are extremely difficult. It experiences the pain of all kinds of troubles while struggling with wild herbs and animals as well as natural events such as snow, rain, wind, storm, cold, heat, flood and drought in the field. Its biggest fear is to be eaten by a bird and an insect before it can sprout. Wheat seeds that survive these challenging processes become wheat ears. But it still can't dodge the harvester. Harvester comes and cuts the wheat and straw, like cutting the navel cord of a child in the womb.