The feature of Emmer

The feature of Emmer

Emmer, together with the einkorn, is one of the oldest grains. Both belong to the group of ancient grain and come from the Middle East. The cereal emmer has been used by humans for more than 10,000 years, but is no longer quite common these days. Modern and higher-yielding cereals replace the ancient grain on the fields today. Emmer is grown in Italy, Finland, parts of Germany and in also in some parts of Austria.


Emmer counts as a particularly sustainable grain because it can grow on relatively nutrient-poor and lean soil. Because of its resistant sleeves, it is very robust and protects itself against environmental influences. Therefore, no fertilizer or pesticide is usually used for cultivation. Farmers who grow emmer these days are contributing to the preservation of species.


Emmer contains a lot of lutein, which has a good effect on the eyes. This superfood grain has a lot of fiber, minerals, as well as phytochemicals and proteins. The protein content is almost double that of wheat. All valuable minerals and fiber are only included in the emmer if you eat it as whole grain. In addition, emmer contains gluten.


Because of gluten intolerances Emmer is avoided by some people. However, people who only have allergic reactions to wheat often tolerate grains such as emmer, spelled, karmut or einkorn very well.


Because of its special spicy and nutty flavor and the good processing ability Emmer is often used in the kitchen. Emmer can be used in the form of flour for baking. The whole grains can be prepared similar to rice. In Germany, the Emmer is mostly used for beer production. Emmer beer is known for its spicy flavor and dark color.

Of course, the Salzburg flour mills are also ideal for making flour.


Curious about a recipe with ancient grains? Here you will find a summery ancient grain salad.

2019-07-05T10:13:20+00:00July 5th, 2019|useful information|1 Comment

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