cereal grass being harvested at jointing stage for Land of Kansas

In order to capture the highest possible nutritional level, each field must be harvested during only a couple of days when the leaves are most nutrient-dense. The pictures below show (in reverse order) how one field has changed during the past 30 days.

April 16

Wheatgrass field April 16, 2014 - finished


April 8

Wheatgrass field April 9, 2014 - finished


March 31

Wheat Grass 3_31_14 with inset


March 23

Wheatgrass field March 23, 2014 - finished


March 17

Wheatgrass field March 17, 2014 - finished


Wheatgrass was extensively researched by Dr. Charles Schnabel, the father of wheatgrass, and other scientists during the 1930s and early 1940s. These scientists published studies reporting the increases in nutritional concentration each day when wheatgrass is grown naturally. They found that wheatgrass builds extremely high levels of nutritional density during the final 30 days of a growth cycle that starts in the preceding fall, about 200 days prior to the time when it reaches its nutritional peak.

During the brief period of peak nutrition shown in top picture above, the plant is still shorter than wheatgrass grown quickly in only 10 days indoors or in a green house. Wheatgrass is supposed to grow through the often-freezing temperatures of winter and early spring. When grown under these natural conditions, it tastes wonderful, has no mold and contains about four times more nutrition than wheatgrass grown under crowded, unnaturally-warm, indoor conditions.

Even without examining the scientific data, you can see from these pictures how the nutritional value climbed in preparation for this brief period of peak nutrition. The pictures above show how the wheatgrass grew very slowly in height during the final 30 days but became thicker and turned darker and darker green. As true wheatgrass develops this deep green color, it is building nutritional density.

Wheatgrass grown naturally through the winter is the most nutrient dense of any leafy green vegetable when harvested at this special time shown in the top picture. Within days after the beginning of that stage, the high nutritional level the plant begins to dramatically drop because the stored nutrition is supposed to serve as a “placenta” for the development of new seed.

Instead of letting the seed develop utilizing this stored nutritional concentration, Pines captures that dark green food nutrition to produce Pines Wheat Grass. Pines Wheat Grass is not a seed or a grain, but rather it is a nutrient dense dark green, leafy vegetable.

The nutritional concentration is especially high for wheatgrass grown in glacial soils such as those in northeastern Kansas where these pictures were taken. This field is about one mile from Pines’ facility where the company produces its world-famous wheatgrass powders and tablets.

Another one of Pines fields is less than 100 yards from where the wheatgrass is packaged for shipment. No other company does it all from seed to shelf like Pines. In fact, “wheatgrass” used by most companies that have copied Pines’ message are headquartered in big cities. Most of their people have never been on a farm and do not understand how wheatgrass is supposed to grow.

Most companies that imitate Pines do not grow their own wheatgrass. Instead they depend on others to grow it for them. These wheatgrass producers usually allow their wheatgrass to grow far beyond the peak level shown in the top picture. They have learned that if they wait for a week or two, the plant will be much taller and produce much more material per acre. Unfortunately, for the consumer, what these imitators claim to be “wheatgrass” has but a fraction of the nutrition of true wheatgrass harvested at the nutritional peak shown in the top picture.

For 38 years, Pines International has carefully followed the standards that Dr. Schnabel established in 1937. In fact, this field is one that Dr. Schnabel used. Pines also still uses one of Dr. Schnabel’s laboratories but, of course, with modern equipment.

Pines is also the only green superfood company to use the same kind of amber glass bottles with special metal caps that Dr. Schnabel required for the products he sent to doctors and hospitals for their impressive published research. He said that this extra packaging protection was necessary to protect sensitive green food nutrients.

These special caps allow Pines to remove the oxygen from each bottle and seal it tightly against outside air and humidity. Green products in plastic tubs or paper/plastic/foil packets loose color and nutritional value because such flimsy packaging offers very little protection against oxidation and devitalization of nutrients. If oxygen and humidity can be kept away from high-quality, low-temperature dried wheatgrass like that produced by Pines, it will maintain its high nutritional levels indefinitely.

Pines was the original wheatgrass company in the natural food marketplace. Since 1976, Pines is still the only wheatgrass company to insist on the highest possible quality in growing, harvesting and packaging.

One rounded teaspoon of powder or seven tablets provide more nutrition than a generous serving of spinach but at a fraction the cost. Pines Wheat Grass is raw, vegan, Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and Kosher Certified. Each batch is tested and guaranteed to be gluten-free.

Pines Wheat Grass is available at all Vitamin Shoppes, Natural Grocers, Sprouts and other natural food stores that want to provide their customers with the quality of the original wheatgrass in earth-friendly packaging.