I wonder if anyone knows if there is any kind grass native to North America which falls within the Church’s definition of “wheat”–something in the Elymus genus, maybe, which falls within the Triticeae tribe.
I ask because if the answer is “no”, there would have been no way to evangelize North America without introducing Old World-style agriculture, which had parallels in only a few regions of the New World. Alternatively, wild wheats could have been introduced. This former is, of course, what happened. Since this was only made possible by the appropriation of American Indian lands, and the destruction–which we rightly recall with deep remorse–of their indigenous manners of living. The uncomfortable implications of this make wonder if God’s providence deigned to supply North America with native valid matter for the Eucharist. If so, is the plant known?