Posted by Mark B. Lamb on March 03, 2016
Since our company was founded in 2008, we have been committed to providing you with the world's finest quinoa. This remains our mission, but we are excited to announce that we now offer a variety of other non-traditional grains including Amaranth, Millet, Wheat Berries, Brown Flax, Freekeh, and Buckwheat Groats.
Keep an eye on our blog, social media, and Amazon storefront to discover where you can find these exciting new products! Below are some basic facts about each grain.
-Amaranth has been cultivated as a grain for ~8,000 years. It is an "Ancient Grain", just like quinoa.
-It was a staple food of the ancient Aztec diet.
-Because amaranth grows naturally as a weed in Mexico and South America, its genetic structure has been largely maintained over time.
-Amaranth is high in protein and amino acids, such as lysine.
-Millet is widely grown around the world due to its robustness, productivity, and short growing season. Its wide availability makes it an extremely affordable grain.
-Millet was first used in ancient China and other prehistorical societies at least 10,000 years ago.
-Millet is delicious to humans, but its affordability also makes it a terrific grain for animals as well.
-It is rich in protein, fiber, and B-vitamins, among other things.
-A "groat" is the hulled kernel of a cereal grain (in this case Buckwheat). Groats are sometimes referred to as "berries" (e.g. wheat berries, which we will discuss later!).
-Despite its name, buckwheat is not actually related to wheat.
-It is known for its triangular shape.
-Buckwheat is another nutritionally-rich Ancient Grain that was used in China and Japan as early as 4000 BCE.
-Freekeh is green wheat that has been harvested early, when the seeds are still soft and yellow. The seed is then roasted.
-Freekeh is popular in Middle Eastern cuisine, and was first mentioned in a 13th century Iraqi cookbook.
-Its nutritional content is similar to that of other cereal grains (high in proteins, fiber, B-vitamins).
-The flax crop is used both in nutrition and textiles.
-You may have heard of linseed oil, which is oil derived from flax seeds.
-The first know use of flax as a textile was over 30,000 years ago! It was also used extensively in ancient Egypt and the Roman empire.
-Brown flax seeds are rich in omega-3, thiamine, magnesium, and phosphorous.
-In this context, "berry" means the same thing as "groat". Wheat Berries are hulled wheat kernels, so their nutritional content is similar to that of wheat.
-Wheat Berries are often used in Eastern European cuisine, and in the past they have been featured on McDonald's menus in Switzerland!
-Wheat Berries provide a crunchy texture to recipes.
For more info about these grains, check out the following websites: