May 18, 2021 2 min read

Origin of spelt

Spelt is considered one of the world’s ancient grains. Its lineage can be traced to a mention in the Old Testament and it is known to have been cultivated since 5000 B.C. Historical evidence also supports the fact that spelt was cultivated by ancient cultures both in the Middle East as well as in Europe. However, despite its historical origins, there has been very little breeding of spelt. It has long been a popular health food in many European locations where it may be known as other names such as Farro or Dinkel. 

How Is Spelt Different From Wheat?

Spelt Wheat

Spelt is a distant cousin to modern-day wheat but unlike contemporary varieties of wheat, it does not require pesticides, making it a more nutrient-dense and healthier option than traditional wheat varieties. Like other species of ancient grains, spelt also has a lower gluten content. Another feature of spelt flour is that its gluten content breaks down more easily than wheat gluten making it easier to digest.

One more feature that distinguishes spelt from wheat, is that while wheat has been highly hybridized, the simple genetic structure of spelt has not been tampered with. This makes spelt retain all its original nutritional goodness without any genetic modification.

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