Einkorn /Triticum monococcum L./ is one of the oldest foods known to mankind. It is from the Poaceae family, genus Triticum. Einkorn is very rich in protein, it is also a powerful antioxidant with excellent healing properties. In the process of gathering the corn stalk his breaks while grain remains whole, well preserved under four layers of shells.
Einkorn classes undergo special treatment, which further increases the cost of the processes, but in contrast, is a very useful byproduct. On the other hand, it is a culture that is not at all pretentious to climatic conditions.
Einkorn is one of the earliest cultivated forms of wheat. Wild einkorn grains were found in excavations dating back to the Paleolithic period in one region of the Middle East known as the Fertile Crescent.
Researchers believe that einkorn was first cultivated in 7500 BC. In later times, during the Bronze Age cultivation was gradually reduced at the expense of other crops. Practically speaking, however, all modern varieties of wheat keep your home from spelled.
Einkorn is very easy to process. To digest, you must dispose of their skins. You have to remove its four layers of wheat that are lost from the outset. The yields from it are great, and it can not be forced to grow more rapidly by chemical means like some forms of hybrid wheat. It does not absorb harmful substances in the soil, which is its major advantage.
Einkorn is a mystery to people since ancient times. Basically its mystery lies in the fact that it is dry and frost-resistant, cleans the soil up after itself, and even thrives in radioactive areas without contamination. It is said that eating Einkorn not only provides the body with energy, but positive too.
Composition of Einkorn
Einkorn is covered with very hard shells that protects it from adverse external influences - diseases, parasites and frosty conditions. Einkorn contains almost all substances that the human body needs to be healthy. Compared to most varieties of wheat, Einkorn contains more minerals, proteins and vitamins of the B group. It is much more easily digested because fibers which make up its own excellent tolerability.
Vitamins of the B-complex, are best represented by thiamine /vitamin B1/ and niacin /vitamin B3/. Einkorn has a very high magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and sulfur content. It contains significant amounts of vitamins A, E and selenium. Einkorn contains no cholesterol. Some research shows that the zinc content in Einkorn, in places is much greater than in some others.
100 g Einkorn contains 338 calories, 2.43 g fat, 11 ml of water, 14.5 g protein, 10.7 g fiber, 6.82 g sugars.
Selection and storage of einkorn
Grains of Einkorn are sold most often in packages of 500 g. You can find them in specialized shops for healthy eating. Store in tightly closed bags in a cool dry place, so it does not get moldy.
Einkorn in cooking
The ground Einkorn is used very successfully for the preparation of various types of dough. It can very quickly make for delicious and dietetic cookies, but otherwise its used in bread. You can use grains as filling for peppers. It is important to know that the Einkorn flour, does not contain gluten, making it ideal for consumption by people with gluten intolerances.
It is believed that the protein contained in spelled - glidein is non-toxic to people intolerant to gluten products. For comparison, the wheat gluten in flour comprises about 80% of the total protein, or approximately 1/10 of the weight of each baked good. You can use Einkorn in a variety of salads or mix it with tahini, honey and nuts. Einkorn makes great and healthy sprouts. Seeds are boiled for about 45 minutes.
Heat the olive oil, stirring constantly, and add the chopped onion and parsley. When the onions are fried, add chopped tomatoes and pre cooked Einkorn. Add salt and sauté, stirring constantly, until the tomatoes soften. Just before removing from heat, add the beaten egg. Eat while warm.
Benefits of Einkorn
One of the most important advantages of Einkorn is that it contains no cholesterol. It contains vitamin E and selenium that are important antioxidants that are relevant to the destruction of free radicals. Einkorn improves digestion and the state of the spleen and pancreas. The composition of Einkorn is of substances that are relevant to maintaining a healthy musculoskeletal system.
Replacing corn products with Einkorn helps to improve blood counts and maintenance of tissues in good condition.
The high magnesium content in Einkorn males it a great product for athletes. Moreover, folk healers recommend consumption of Einkorn in conditions such as neuroses, spikes, colitis, and an overall improvement in the immune system.