As I pushed the loaves of daily bread forward, an unfamiliar smiling face asked, “This might be a stupid question, but what is spelt?” I explained to her my knowledge of baking with spelt and all that I have learned about this ancient grain through studying on my own. After satisfying her question, it occurred to me how many times I have been asked this question. “What is spelt?”
At Bob’s Red Mill we are not only grinding spelt, but constructing cookies, breads and pastries for all to enjoy. Spelt originated about 8,000 years ago when two grains, a wheat and a grass decided to become one. Being a hybrid of wheat it carries some of wheat’s gluten properties, though it has a lower gluten content. Although, gluten intolerant individuals cannot consume spelt, many people find it much easier to digest than wheat.
Often, people consume this grain for it’s distinct sweet nutty flavor, as well as it’s fabulous nutritional benefits. Did you know that the high level of riboflavin in spelt is believed to alleviate migraine headaches, lower your risk for diabetes, heart disease and many types of cancer? Spelt’s high fiber content keeps things moving. Why wouldn’t you want to try it?
At the Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store I hear many conversations about spelt and it’s different uses. You can find spelt in various forms here at our store and on our website. Available in our bulk bins, we have rolled spelt, whole grain spelt flour, light spelt flour and spelt berries. Oh the possibilities! So come on down to the store and try a loaf of bread, some spelt rolls or maybe even a spelt cookie. Be sure to take some treats home for the family!
Not sure what to do with spelt? Try some of our recipes using spelt.