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Einkorn, an ancient grain, actually, the most primitive of grains we know of, and you guys know how I love old stuff. You can't get much more old-fashioned than that, can I get an amen?
After recently having food testing done, I discovered I'm sensitive to gluten, but guess what, I can handle ancient grains without having my body react. I'd already been using Spelt and grinding my own flour for most of our baking for years now, but now I know I need to become dedicated in my use of ancient grains.
But what exactly is it that makes these ancient grains better and easier for our bodies to handle. How have they changed over the thousand of years to the modern version that so many people are having issues with?
So glad you asked, let's dive in!
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What is an ancient grains
Ancient grains are considered forms of grains that haven't changed forms in hundreds or thousand of years. In regards to wheat, ancient grains typically have higher protein and less gluten. Some forms of ancient grains are Einkorn, Spelt, and Emmer.
What is Einkorn?
Einkorn is a German word that refers to a single grain. If you see wheat in the field maturing, it has two sides, making a square of two seeds on each side. Einkorn is very flat because it only has one grain on each side. It's more similar to a grass, but it's larger of course.
Einkorn is the original form of wheat, the most primitive form of wheat that we know of in the earth. It's closer to grass. With the taxonomy of wheat you go back to the diploid species and Einkorn has 14 chromosomes where modern wheat has 42 chromosomes.
Modern wheat has naturally hybridized over time to become what it is today. Same with Spelt it has hybridized from grass, making it still an ancient grain, but not as “ancient” as Einkorn.
Einkorn is the most primitive form of wheat we know of and it's health benefits alone make it a flour and grain everyone should know more about.
Resources for Einkorn Grains and Flour
Einkorn is out of reach for many people, as it's not readily available or for sale in most grocery stores. In fact, I've only been able to find it online, but thankfully, we have a special coupon so you can get free shipping and delivery straight to your door.
Want to “pop” you Einkorn? Here's the link on how to pop Einkorn
4 Health Benefits of Einkorn
*Heads up, though Einkorn does contain less gluten and a different form, it does contain gluten. While many people with gluten sensitivities have found success with Einkorn, if you're a Celiac patient or under the care of a physician, please check with them before trying.
There are some definite learning curves with using Einkorn as well as fresh ground flour. The tips below will help you with Eiknorn baking, but if you're new to fresh ground flour, check out this article Baking with Fresh Ground Flour for additional tips, aka, ain't nobody wanting rock hard bricks of bread, right?
Tips for baking and cooking with Einkorn
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.