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SPELT!!! What is it? What do you do with it?
What is Spelt?
Spelt, also known as dinkel wheat, or hulled wheat, is a species of wheat cultivated since approximately 5000 BC. Spelt was an important staple in parts of Europe from the Bronze Age to medieval times; it now survives as a relict crop in Central Europe and northern Spain and has found a new market as a health food. Ancient grains like spelt are claimed to be more nutritious and healthier than modern grains, and over the years 2004 to 2014, spelt gained widespread popularity as a wheat substitute for making artisan breads, pasta and cereals.
- Those who enjoy spelt bread and pasta say it tastes better than wheat and describe it as nutty, wholesome, and more filling.
- Spelt boasts a higher protein and mineral content, but lower in gluten content than modern wheat.
- Spelt also contains significant levels of iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, selenium, niacin, thiamin, vitamin B6, and folic acid.
What is “Sprouted” Spelt?
Sprouted flour is made from sprouted grains, including not just red and white wheat, but spelt, amaranth, Kamut, einkorn, sorghum, rye, corn, and more. As its name implies, a sprouted grain is a grain that’s been allowed to sprout and begin to germinate as it would if left to its own devices in nature. A tiny awakening happens in each one.
Your taste buds will instantly detect more complex flavors in bread, cookies, or crackers made using sprouted flours since sprouting allows a portion of the starch in the grain to break down into simple sugars. These sugars act like a spotlight, highlighting the individual characteristics of each grain.
Flavor is one thing, but sprouted flours also reportedly pack an impressive nutritional punch. The dormant vitamins and minerals in grains are activated and brought to life during the sprouting process. By some estimates, sprouting increases vitamin C and carotene content, creates B vitamins, and bumps up the amount of trace minerals present.
Sprouting also breaks down the grains’ natural protective barrier, making them easier to digest.
What do you do with Spelt or Sprouted Spelt?
I am so glad that you asked… We at the farm have been experimenting and searching the web for ways of incorporating this ancient grain into our diets. We can definitely attest to it’s nutty flavor and hearty texture.
We have included several recipes under our ‘Recipe’ tab for you to try:
- Bread Machine Honey Sprouted Spelt Bread
- Homemade Spelt Hamburger Buns (using the bread machine)
- Spelt Muffins
- Spelt Whole Wheat Pasta
We are also hoping to get the recipe from Mrs. Golden for her fried chicken using spelt flour. (Smelled delicious when we visited a few weeks ago.)
Where can I get Spelt Flour?
You are so fortunate to have access to the most amazing CERTIFIED ORGANIC Spelt and Sprouted Spelt Flour (as well as Buckwheat and Sprouted Buckwheat Flour) through Golden Farms here on our online farm market.
Certified organic whole grain flours ARE more expensive that conventional, highly processed/refined white flour, but they are definitely more nutritious and flavorful and worth their weight in gold.
Disclaimer: Spelt contains gluten, and is not a good option for people with gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy.
We were notified by Dan at GreenSpace that their items will be off the market for a few weeks as they are going out of town. They will re-post their items when they return.
Green"er" Acres Farm
Discounted pricing on tomatoes and peppers as the summer produce winds down. And don’t forget the fresh basil to go with the tomatoes.
Amazing farm fresh brown eggs! And the return of produce: red, white and blue potatoes, eggplant, green peppers, and onions.
Heritage Hills Farm
Pork and Chicken!! And don’t forget a full line of amazing dressings/marinades from Village Eatinghouse.
Don’t forget we carry a full line of dairy products thanks to our partners at Clover Creek Cheese Cellar and Vale Wood Farms. Items include: Skim, 1%, 2%, and Whole Milk, Flavored Milk, Raw Milk, Buttermilk, Cream, Half & Half, Cottage Cheese, Yogurt, Butter, 12 varieties of Artisan Cheese and more.
Sweet Corn and Pumpkins
Thanks to Weyant Vegetable Farm, we still have sweet corn in half dozen, dozen and full boxes for those who want to can/freeze for winter.
They also have large and jumbo jack-o-lantern pumpkins. Great for decorating but the flesh is also good for baking.
Stock Your Freezer Beef Sale
Clover Creek Cheese Cellar has brought back their amazing Stock Your Freezer Sale on their own Grass-fed Ground Beef.
- 10 pound Ground Beef for only $62.15, SUPPLIES LIMITED!!
Got A Sweet Tooth??
Don’t forget we still carry scrumptious baked goods from Bake Shop Bakes: Apple Dumplings and Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Brownies.
And Let Us FINALLY Come Clean!!
Clean body that is… We continue to carry Goat’s Milk Soap from Cherry Hill Farm. Additional new items will be added soon.