Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ancient Einkorn Wheat

After taking this for a little while now, I am thoroughly convinced that this is probably within the top five best foods in the world. Maybe the best in terms of what can be grown and taken as a staple. It has never been hybridized. There are only two varieties, one is wild and the other is domesticated considered as one species with a subspecies or two distinct.

The nutritional profile is astonishing, off the charts. A real power food. A significant source of a variety of nutrients one does not get from staples, such as proteins, triple the riboflavin, vitamin A, carotene, zinc, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, It is delicious . . nutty, and the aroma is fabulous. It tastes so good that it could be eaten by itself. It is easy to digest (less chromosomes than other wheat), if not all one need do is add sea salt. It is hearty. Nutrition is retained through cooking. It is salt tolerant (can grow on salty soil) so I imagine it can produce a plentiful yield. In addition it has a protective hull, that wards off insects and chemicals. I don't know a lot about farming but my guess is one could probably grow it in a great variety of places, all around the world. Now there is a revival of growing it in Italy, by producers using the brand name Jovial.

The history of its domestication is traced back to Southeast Turkey, probably close to where Noah and some his children settled post-Flood, and perhaps close to where later Job lived. It also grows wild. This Ancient Einkorn reminds me much of a sequence from Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's visions where she talks about Adam and Eve:

They [Adam, Eve, and children] had huts in those days, partly sunk in the earth and covered with plants. Their household was quite well-arranged. I saw orchards of low, but tolerably vigorous fruit trees. There was grain also, such as wheat, which God had given to Adam for seed.
I do not remember having seen either grapevines or wheat in Paradise.  None of the productions of Paradise had to be prepared for eating. Such preparation is a consequence of sin and, therefore, a symbol of labor and suffering. God gave to Adam whatever it was necessary for him to sow. I remember having seen men who looked like angels, taking something to Noah when he went into the ark. It appeared to me to be a vine branch stuck in an apple.
A certain kind of grain grew wild at that time, and among it Adam had to sow the good wheat. That improved it for awhile, but it again degenerated and became worse and worse. The wild grain was excellent in those early times. It was most luxuriant further to the east, in India or China, where as yet there were but few inhabitants. It does not thrive where wine is largely made and fish abound. (Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, Mysteries of the Old Testament

If I were a king, my people would be growing Einkorn Wheat. And the animals would be eating it too. I think it would be good to support a revival of this, though I wouldn't expect much because we live in extremely greedy times.

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