Thursday, October 3, 2013

Giveaway! A new-to-me-grain: Einkorn

I discovered a new variety of wheat recently. Einkorn. It's an ancient ancestor of the wheat that is commonly grown today. And before you think this is just another sponsored post, we'll let you know that we contacted Jovial to ask if they would sponsor a post because we were so excited about Einkorn and wanted to share it with you. Here are the highlights of this wonderful grain:
  • It's a nutritional powerhouse, rivaling blueberries in vitamins and minerals such as antioxidants, Thiamin, and Lutein.
  • Einkorn is a good source of protein and fiber.
  • Einkorn has never been hybridized.
  • Genetically, Einkorn is the purest wheat.
  • It's better for you than other major types of wheat. See this chart.
  • It's easier to digest for many people than whole wheat.
  • Here's more information from the Jovial Einkorn site.
And that's just a start. So why isn't it more popular? Well, a long time ago, farmers used to grow Einkorn. But Einkorn doesn't grow as well as other varieties of wheat. Less of the seeds germinate. So    farmers who were living off the land gradually began to favor other varieties of wheat. Because of that, Einkorn was largely ignored as wheat became hybridized and modified. The farmers who ignored it actually blessed us, because they have given us a purer, healthier wheat to eat now.

So to help you try it, Jovial is offering two $25 gift certificates to our readers to Jovial Einkorn's online store! And for the rest of you, Jovial is giving everyone free shipping! Just use the code FREESHIP2013 when you check out.  U.S. Residents only.

Have you discovered any new-to-you grains lately? Check back on our blog to see recipes made with this wonderful grain!

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