This is the grandmother of all cultivated wheat. First grown over 10,000 years ago, Einkorn is considered a more nutritious and easily digested cereal. The crumb texture is similar to a rye, with a distinct flavour of almonds.
Nutritional Benefits of Einkorn Wheat:
- Einkorn has a different kind of gluten than modern wheat. It does not contain the D genome, only the A genome. The D genome is the gluten known to cause so many to suffer gluten sensitivity. As a result, even though einkorn does have gluten, it is much easier to digest and can be tolerated well by most people with gluten sensitivity.
- Einkorn has 3 to 4 times more beta-carotene than modern wheat. Because of this, it boosts immunity and prevents cancer and heart disease.
- Einkorn is high in the antioxidant lutein. Three to four times higher than modern wheat. Lutein has many health benefits (prevents macular degeneration and cataracts to name a couple) and it is what gives einkorn flour the pretty yellow color.
- Einkorn is higher in protein, vitamin B6, vitamin A, thiamin, phosphorus, potassium and riboflavin than modern wheat.