Old Kent Redorigin:United Kingdom first record:1660 habit:Winter grain colour:red/brown references >>> ID images >>>
Old Kent Red is a local variant of Red Lammas, current remaining germplasm from a Dutch genebank accession slightly shorter and more sturdy straw plus a darker red ear than remaining other Red Lammas germplasm.
In baking tests Old Kent Red has slightly more strength than other Red Lammas accessions.
Reference #1Catalogus plantarum circa Cantabrigiam nascentium by John Ray, 1660 LINK
Reference #2The agriculturist’s manual, forming a report of Lawson’s agricultural museum in Edinburgh by Peter Lawson, 1836 LINK
"Red Kent Wheat
Spike resembling that of the last but its grains are much larger of a more uniform and darker colour and also more transparent hard and flinty.
Specimens in grain by Messrs Jacob Wrench and Sons seedsmen London weight 65 lb being considered a very superior sample"
"The Kent red wheat is well known and much esteemed in the south of England, and has a favourite subject in some recent comparative experiments. Its ear resembles that of the golden wheat; but its grains are much larger, of a darker and more uniform colour, more transparent, and comparatively hard and flinty, — and they weigh at the rate of about 64 lb. per bushel."